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LIBRARY NEWS: Tax time, Olympics and too many books

January 26, 2018
By LISA FORREST - Lake Placid Public Library , Lake Placid News

Even in the middle of winter, the Lake Placid Public Library has plenty going on, especially with tax time upon us and the Winter Olympics about to begin.


Free tax help

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Here is a circus wagon by theme park legend Arto Monaco, located in the children’s room.
(Photo provided)

The official date to begin filing personal federal and state IRS returns is Jan. 29, and those stalwart AARP volunteers plan to be in the library ready to complete and e-file forms for local taxpayers.

The volunteers, who go to sessions in Albany to be updated on changes to the tax laws and recertified by the IRS each year, began setting up their computers and other equipment last week. Led by Betsy Senkowski the group has been welcomed at the library for several years, annually filing approximately 400 or more returns.

The service is completely free and there are no age or income requirements. To get an appointment, call the library at 518-523-3200. Someone will take your name and an AARP representative will return your call to set up a time and tell you what documents to bring.


Photo exhibit

We have a suggestion if you can't get to South Korea for the Winter Olympics in February: stop by the library's Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery and check out the wonderful display of Olympics connected photos by USA Junior Luge Team coach, Fred Zimny.

The combination of luge and Olympics would lead most of us to expect lots of pictures of the sleds hurtling down icy tracks. Instead, Fred has roamed away from the sports venues to record images of the country side and inhabitants surrounding past Olympics.

The show will be up until the end of March with a reception, to which all are invited, scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. The gallery is always free and open regular library hours.


Old favorites on display

It's surprising sometimes what can be found simply by looking around. Seeking a new subject for our display cabinet, library assistant Kate Curry noticed some of the toys in the children's room.

The result is a charming look at what pre-computer and pre-battery, age children played with. Of particular interest is a circus wagon by Land of Make Believe creator Arto Monaco.

Another piece, a small hand-carved hobby horse on wheels, goes way back and makes some of us wonder if it might date to the 1884 era when the library first opened.


Trip down memory lane

If cabin fever is making you feel that you wouldn't mind a little escape, take a quick trip into the past through the virtual door to the archival photo collection at our website,

Thanks to our volunteer Carol Pinney, 173 photos from our archives are now part of the New York State Heritage website. Carol has spent countless painstaking hours identifying, organizing, labeling and coming up with key words for individual photos so that they qualified for the Heritage collection.


Trip to warmer climes

Youngsters from pre-K through grade 5 can look forward to warm breezes at the third annual

Tropical Paradise at the Library from 10 a.m. until noon on Feb. 20. There will be flower necklaces, deep sea fishing, books about the south seas, games and crafts. Kids and parents are invited to participate.


Pans on loan

Not only can you get a book of cake recipes from our library, you now can also request pans to bake them in. A total of 12 shapes including Elmo, SpongeBob, a dinosaur and a NASCAR racer may be borrowed. Choices also include a three-loaf baguette, a bundt cake, a teacake and, of course, a book shaped mold. Candy molds are also offered.

The pans can be ordered through the library catalogue online. Just type "baking pan" to see what is available. Or, give us a call at 518-523-3200. The pans are kept at the Clinton, Essex, Franklin Library Services in Plattsburgh, so it's best to plan ahead to give enough time for your choice to be delivered by van.


Math tutoring

A couple years ago, recognizing that a lot of people are not in the position to shell out fees for private math tutoring, library director, Bambi Pedu, introduced free tutoring in the library. It is offered beginning at 10 on Saturday mornings on a drop-in basis for middle and high school students. Alternative appointments often can be arranged to accommodate schedules. For more information, call Mrs. Pedu at 518-523-3200.


Books, books, books

We appreciate the donations of books that people give us, many of which are sold on our porch, with the proceeds going toward purchasing new ones.

Lately, however, we are becoming overwhelmed with boxes and boxes. We are requesting, therefore, that people limit donations to one box at a time of books that are in reasonably good condition. We cannot take text books or non-fiction that is no longer relevant, i.e. books on outdated PCs.

Thank you in advance to everyone for cooperating.



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