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LIBRARY NEWS: Kids invited to rock out at the Lake Placid Public Library this summer

June 29, 2018
By LISA FORREST - Lake Placid Public Library , Lake Placid News

The theme of reading programs for kids throughout the country this summer is "Libraries Rock," and the Lake Placid Public Library has come up with six programs that celebrate not just music, but real rocks as well.

Each Tuesday, July 10 through Aug. 14, will see a free, new program beginning at 1 p.m. for children pre-K through Grade 5 and families:

- Tuesday, July 10: Rock Art will encourage kids to see rocks imaginatively and to create masterpieces.

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In addition to the Tuesday special guest series, the summer reading program includes a variety of arts and crafts activities at the Lake Placid Public Library.
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- Tuesday, July 17: Rock Out with Lake Placid musician Scott Sileo and make instruments.

- Tuesday, July 24: Naturalists from the Adirondack Mountain Club will present "Rocks Tell a Story: Geology of Our Adirondack Mountains."

- Tuesday, July 31: American Folktales and Songs will be presented by the Hampstead Stage Company.

- Tuesday, Aug. 7: Just for Fun with singer, songwriter Dave Ruch, who will be appearing at the library courtesy of the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

- Tuesday, Aug. 14: Kids celebrate the last Tuesday program with ice cream and prizes.

All activities are free and open to everyone regardless of residency.

For more information, contact either Karen Armstrong or Bambi Pedu at or call 518-523-3200.


'Summer slide' solution

It's a proven fact that children who do not read during extended vacations often suffer what's known as the "summer slide," when skills gained in school can lapse and leave students behind.

The most effective deterrents to reading regression include parent involvement by bringing children to the library for organized programs or bringing them to the library to take out books.

Now there is a new, online book app to help keep their skills in shape.

It's called myON, and it gives families access 24/7, to thousands of titles from classics to graphic novels, chapter books, picture books and early readers, all of which may be listened to as well as read. The app is so easy to use, grownups are likely to get jealous.

You don't even need a library card. Just go to and click the button to enter the site.

Next to "school name," put in the words "Clinton Essex Franklin Library System" minus the quotation marks. (After a few letters, the highlighted name will appear from a drop-down menu.)

Next, where it says "username," enter either "cefstudent1" or "cefstudent6" minus the quotation marks.

Lastly, it says "password," so put in "read" with no quotation marks.

Normally, there is a charge for using myON, but, this summer, it is available to everyone for free.


Student photos

Finalists of the annual Lake Placid Institute's 24-Hours in the Adirondacks Student Photography Competition, are currently on display in the library's Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery.

The photographs, taken by high schoolers from throughout the region, are particularly good this year. The exhibit is free, and everyone is encouraged to come take a look before the end of June.


Upcoming show

The works of local painter Abigail McKay, who usually works in acrylics, will be featured from the beginning of July through mid-August. All are invited to a free artist's reception at the library from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5.


Station Street service

Finding a parking space on Main Street is usually not much of a challenge before noon, but the degree of difficulty climbs as the day progresses, especially if rain is causing campers to seek activities in town.

Hence, we will be trying out a new service that will give some readers the option to forego the parking experience by picking up library books at the History Museum of the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society.

Patrons are usually notified by phone or email on Wednesday afternoons if their interlibrary loan requests have arrived. Phone calls will now come with a choice of either picking up at the library as usual or from the train station on Station Street between the hours of 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Staying open until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays is a new feature for the museum. It is being done to welcome foot traffic from the farmers market which is relocating from St. Agnes School parking lot to Jewtraw Park near the museum on Station Street.

The alternate book service is new and untried; we hope patrons will bear with us as we get it running.



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