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LIBRARY NEWS: Readers’ party set for Lake Placid library

April 20, 2018
By LISA FORREST - Lake Placid Public Library , Lake Placid News

It's not a book club, it's not a reading and there's nothing to buy. It's a readers' party.

Our version (no balloons or noisemakers) is an informal gathering of adult readers of all kinds to talk about books, and it will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at the library.

It's the brainchild of Karen Armstrong, who usually is associated with all things children at the library. This time she has proposed getting adults, who like to read and talk about their favorite books, together with other readers, who might like fiction, nonfiction, beach reads, classics, biographies, whatever.

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Wendy Hall of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge with a barred owl
(Photo provided)

We haven't been able to figure out what to call it exactly, but it's an invitation to meet and talk to other readers about the kinds of writing that get you excited and hear about the recent reads and favorites of others. Light food fare will be offered and we hope everyone can shake off the hibernation drowsies to join us.

It's free, of course, and a great opportunity to see old friends or meet new ones and to get together a list of books to get you through spring and into summer.


Pick-ups at train station

On the subject of getting those books from the library during the summer months, some say that battling Main Street traffic in search of a parking space can be a bit too much of a challenge and is something they would just as soon forgo.

Our advice has always been to try and get here in the morning as there are usually spaces on Main Street up to 11 a.m. or so, but we realize that might not work for a lot of people.

So, this summer we will be trying out a new service between Memorial and Columbus days. Patrons with books ordered through interlibrary loan or on hold will have the option of picking them up on Thursdays or Fridays at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society at the train station on Station Street.

Details are still being ironed out, and we realize there may be a few complications along the way, so we hope everyone will bear with us. We hope it will make "going to the library," a lot easier.


Library vote

The annual Lake Placid Library District meeting and vote will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. The final budget will be available at the library for anyone interested a week before the vote. Board trustee Peter Lynch is running unopposed for another five-year term. Anyone who is a resident of the Lake Placid Library district for at least 30 days is eligible to vote.


Black-and-white student photography

Works in black and white by Lake Placid juniors and seniors in Sandra Huber's photography classes are currently on display in the Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery at the library.

All of the photos were shot the old way with pre-digital silver emulsion film. The students then unloaded the rolls onto developing reels, processed them and then used an enlarger to produce the final prints. Making photos the more laborious and time consuming way is a great for demonstrating different light values and subject details.


May the 4th be with you

Our second annual Star Wars Day in the children's room will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4. The program was a great hit last year with more than 40 kids in pre-k through grade 5, many in space costumes showing up to take part in outerspace activities including games, stories and crafts. It is open to the public and more info is available by calling Bambi Pedu or Karen Armstrong at 518-523-3200.


Owls a hoot

Three owls that representatives from the Adirondack Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Center in Wilmington brought to the children's area in March were remarkably calm in the face of a standing room only crowd. The barn, barred and northern saw-whet owls were beautiful and were a great hit with kids and adults.


LPI Book Club

"The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel," by Gabrielle Zevinis is the April choice of the Lake Placid Institute Book Club, which will meet a 7 p.m. Monday, April 30 at the library.

Despondent after losing his wife, Fikry's mood is taking a further dive along with sales at his island book store. Then, a charming unattended baby shows up and unleashes unknown feelings.

All are welcome to attend the book club meeting, whether to participate or just listen.


Exams are coming

Students and parents are reminded that free math tutoring is offered at 10 a.m. Saturdays at the library. It is free and open to all middle and high school students.



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