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LIBRARY NEWS: Kids continue to rock on Tuesdays at Lake Placid library

July 27, 2018
By LISA FORREST - Lake Placid Public Library , Lake Placid News

What a difference a couple of months can make. This past winter season, seemed to be the coldest, darkest and longest we could remember. It's only justice that it has been replaced by one of the most beautiful, as in warmest and sunniest, of summers.

And, now, we have a new way to re-live it all by time traveling in our own backyard. For those not yet aware, the Lake Placid Public Library has a webcam aimed at Mirror Lake. It's a great means for people who live away to stay in touch with Lake Placid and the Adirondacks. It has acquired a time lapse feature wherein viewers may choose a date, say July 12, and watch time fly from dawn to dusk.

To use it, simply go to our website,, and you will see the cam, which is dedicated to our late library Director Nancy Morelli, on the home page.

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Musician Scott Sileo was featured at a recent “Libraries Rock” Tuesday at the Lake Placid Public Library.
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To use the app, go to the arrow on the left side of the screen. There will be a list of dates to choose from that are set to fast forward from midnight. On the lower right of the screen is a drop down menu to choose your speed.

It's fun to just watch the sun rise and set while people pass under skittering clouds on paddle boards or in kayaks. There is also a long-range feature that allows you to watch quick day-to-day weather and seasonal changes.

For many of us, the best date is May 3 of this year. That's the day the ice finally went out.


Rocking kids

So far, participants in the Tuesday sessions of this year's summer reading program, "Libraries Rock," have created masterpieces from real rocks, been entertained by professional musician Scott Sileo and learned about our rocky Laurentian chain mountains from representatives of the Adirondack Mountain Club.

The next program at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 will be "A Presentation of American Folktales and Songs" by the Hampstead Stage Company. This is the same professional theatrical group that last year performed "Pinocchio" here. The concert, aimed primarily at grade schoolers, will provide entertainment for the entire family and all are invited. Admission is free. It is requested that everyone try to arrive and be seated by 1 p.m.

Songwriter Dave Ruch will present his "Just for Fun" program at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. He 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.

"Kids Celebrate" will be the theme of the last Libraries Rock program at 1 p.m. Aug. 14 when the children will rock-out with ice cream and prizes.

In addition to the special Tuesday programs, crafts, reading, games and stories are offered to youngsters as well as siblings and parents on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. There are never any fees and out-of-towners are welcome.

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


Seeking young citizen scientists

The Lake Placid Land Conservancy will offer a program about birds, bats, bees and other insects on Thursday, Aug. 23 at the library. These fliers, known collectively as pollinators, are crucial to plant pollination and therefore 75 percent of the world's food supply.

Unfortunately, pollinators are dwindling worldwide at an alarming rate. The specter of disrupted farm production and failed crops is spurring scientists to investigate the causes, which include climate change, loss of habitat and pesticides.

The Lake Placid Land Conservancy is one group trying to enlist the public, and especially land owners, in efforts to combat the problem. It runs a citizen science monitoring project to gather local data by looking at all kinds of plants and pollinators to help understand changing conditions.

The program for kids and their families will include a monitoring demonstration to engage the next generation in efforts to promote birds, bats and bees in their integral role of Earth's food chain.


MVP information session

A representative of Mohawk Valley Physicians Health Care will give a presentation on Medicare coverage at the library beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. Anyone with questions is welcome to stop by.


Get your book at the train station

So far, a few people have taken us up on our offer to leave interlibrary loan books at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society located in the railroad station on Station Street for pickup. The aim has been to make it possible for readers get the books they have ordered while avoiding Main Street.

The interlibrary loan van comes on Wednesday afternoons. Borrowers are notified by phone and given the train station option. The service will be available into the fall.



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