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LIBRARY NEWS: Library pivots from summer to school programs

August 30, 2019
By MADONNA BARNEY - Lake Placid Public Library , Lake Placid News

What a gorgeous summer we are having in Lake Placid.

I have been working at the Lake Placid Public Library for a few months now and am so amazed at the comments that are repeated daily about this wonderful, historical public library. Residents already know what an asset this library is for the community; however, visitors from all over the country are impressed with what they find when they enter the doors of this building. As they make their way through the entrance, they pause, take a breath and slowly walk with a curious look on their faces as they explore the whole building.

There is most always a generous comment as they are about to exit. Of all the countless appraisals heard, this certain one stays with me. One quiet evening as I was working the front desk, a lady visiting from Washington, D.C. said that she has been to libraries all over the world and by far this library is one of the finest she has seen.

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Story time with Ms. Linda (Blair), at right, is held at 10:15 a.m. every Friday in the Lake Placid Public Library’s children’s room.
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I guess I have always known this was a unique place but wasn't aware of how really amazing it is. This librarian assistant is thrilled to be a part of this establishment. The library board, incredible staff, patrons and visitors are the major reasons we have this wonderful gem in the center of Lake Placid.

The Lake Placid Public Library has so much to offer behind that big door on Main Street.

The pleasant greeting from Linda and Kate at the front desk, ready to answer any question anyone might have. Downstairs, the children's room has a great selection of books for early readers, junior readers and young adult readers. The young adult section is emerging with many new arrivals on the shelves. Mrs. Armstrong is there to assist with your selections or to set anyone up with a creative project. There are games to play, blocks to explore, and puzzles to solve, all for family enjoyment. The computer room receives a lot of use by both local and visitors alike. Computer expert Ron Huber is there to offer his assistance to anyone who is in need.


Odette Costa Memorial

The LPPL staff was saddened to hear about the passing of Odette Costa on June 22. Odette was a fixture at the library for many years, and she will be missed. She tutored in Latin, French and Italian and led a weekly French group for many years. Because of her love for the library, her family has requested donations be made in her name to the Lake Placid Public Library. After meeting with the family, we have decided to designate a small area on the porch to be repaired and affixed with flower pots and flowers.


Children's summer program

The LPPL has wrapped up another successful children's summer reading program, named "A Universe of Stories." This summer the children's room has been busy with a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lift-off a few weeks ago. On Tuesday, July 23 a large group of children were entertained with a Martian Magic Show. On July 30, the children were captivated by the Hampstead Stage Performance of "The Jungle Book." On Aug. 2, there was a special performance by The Traveling Lantern Theater Co. of "My Mother the Astronaut: To the Moon and Beyond," which was cheered on by all in attendance. (This project was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.) On Tuesday, Aug. 13, we celebrated reading with prizes and Stewart's ice cream. It was another outstanding summer in the children's room. Thank you, Mrs. Armstrong, for all the fun times!


Art gallery

There is still time to visit the talented works of Larry Master of Master Images here at the gallery. The display will be showing through the end of the summer.

Any local artist who wishes to show their talents in the Guy Brewster Hughes Art Gallery, please stop in or call 518-523-3200.


Learn English classes

If you are looking for a teacher to tutor you in English, you can call now to enroll. The classes are flexible and are being held at the library. Be ready for up to two hours of instruction per week. The tutors are positive, patient and fun. Call or text 518-903-1940.


Story time with Ms. Linda

Every Friday morning at 10:15, Ms. Linda (Blair) is in the children's room ready to share an exciting story. There is always music and dance at the conclusion of the story for the children to engage in.


Bookstore Plus event

Thank you to The Bookstore Plus for a successful author/illustrator night with New York City artist/author Bob Eckstein at the LPPL. The guests shared ice cream as well as an interesting discussion period about his book "The Illustrated History of the Snowman."

Math tutoring

Math tutoring will continue to be held at the LPPL for any math grades 6-12. It is now by appointment only. Anyone in need of tutoring service should contact us at 518-523-3200.


Knitting group

The knitting group has resumed after the summer break, meeting from 6:45 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the library. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join the group. If you have any questions, please call Jennifer Newhart 518-354-3246 or Heidi Roland 518-524-6151.


Preparing for September school days

We are making back-to-school plans for the library. The Homework/Adventure Hour for grades 3 to 5 will be held from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays this year starting Sept. 17. Children wishing to attend require a permission letter on or before first day of attendance. If you have questions, call the library at 518-523-3200 or email

The Books 4 U Program for grades 6 to 8 will be starting in October. Times and dates will be posted later.

On Friday Sept. 27, there is a half day for Lake Placid Elementary School students. Ms. Armstrong is preparing for a special Fall Fun Day of crafts, games, books and more from noon to 2 p.m. in the children's room. Families with children pre-k to grade 5 are invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public.



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