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LIBRARY NEWS: Library upgrading children’s reading room, bathroom

June 2, 2017
By LISA FORREST , Lake Placid News

Here is something we've recently learned: Most kids, if they are tuned in to an activity, can be oblivious to all kinds of construction banging, including up-close, loud and incessant noises from saws, hammers and drills.

We've had carpenters, floorers, plumbers and electricians working behind heavy plastic sheeting for the past few weeks to re-arrange walls on the second floor. The goal is to increase the size of the children's room and to combine two small bathrooms into a larger one that will accommodate wheelchairs and include a diaper-changing station. The extra space is being created by opening the back wall of the juvenile and young adult area to access what was a hallway, a work area for interlibrary loan, a storage closet and the two bathrooms.

The number of children taking part in library activities has gone up dramatically over the past couple years.

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New room at the Lake Placid Public Library
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"It seems as though every time we had an event there just hasn't been enough space," said children's librarian Karen Armstrong.

In addition to more floor area, which will come in handy for this summer's reading program, the project also includes increased shelving for juvenile and young adult books.

Due to the space shifting, the interlibrary loan desk, which occupied a niche of the hallway, is being moved to an area previously held by short fiction.

Those volumes of short stories are now located upstairs in the main room as are attic mysteries. New shelving at the bottom of the stairs where they were located will increase the area available for fiction classics.

Outside those new walls

We are not just expanding inside. Mrs. Armstrong is taking children's library services outside to the community. A recent example was the Arbor Day observance at the Lake Placid Volunteer firehouse on May 10. First grader Liam Gotham and third grader Ava White represented the library with poetry readings and Mrs. Armstrong created an impromptu checkout desk for a selection of books about trees and gave out information about joining the library.

Among other events, she has also gone to the Kiwanis Teddy Bear Picnic and a recent Head Start book informational program.


Summer programs

All the pounding and sawing at the library is a perfect lead-in for this year's summer reading program dubbed, "Build a Better World." The kickoff for the pre-K through grade 5 program will be "Create a Castle" on Tuesday, July 11, and will conclude with a "Construction Crews Celebrate" awards and ice cream party on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The program will operate three days a week, Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tuesdays always feature a special program, including the castle creation, "Exploring the Happiness of Design" with architect Paul Shurtleff, "Building Bridges" and "Building Stories."

The highlight of the summer will be a professional production of "Pinocchio" by the Hampstead Stage Company from Barnstead, New Hampshire. The acting company, which specializes in bringing books to life, brought us past hits "Scrooge" and "The Wizard of Oz." The "Pinocchio" event on Tuesday, Aug. 1 will be free and open to all, not just children in the program.


Need a little help

Mrs. Armstrong and library director Bambi Pedu are looking for volunteers in grades 6 through 12 to help with "Build a Better World." It would entail just a couple hours on one or more Tuesdays helping children with crafts, locating books, reading to children and other tasks.

Participation requires parental permission. Anyone interested should call 518-523-3200 or email


Books 4 U Club

This after-school group of fifth through seventh graders gathers at the library Wednesday afternoons. Their project is to connect other children to books that they enjoy.

Getting together in groups of two or three, the kids come up with creative ideas ranging from animated computer presentations, review writing and short talks about titles telling other people why they should give them a try.

One group of girls is putting together reader theater pieces by making up short scripts and playing characters from their books.

The activities are very hands-on and active. It's not too late for anyone in fifth through seventh grade to join. The club will continue through the summer although the time and day may be changed. Anyone interested may call 518-523-3200 to speak with Mrs. Pedu or Mrs. Armstrong.


Thanks for voting

Our annual budget referendum on Tuesday, May 9 went smoothly again this year with 43 people coming in to vote, all in favor. There were no library board of trustee positions up for election.

Math exams

There's still time for students from sixth through 12th grades to take advantage of the library's free math tutoring program which is offered Saturday mornings. It is also possible to arrange tutoring at other times as well. The program is free and sponsored by the Lake Placid Education Foundation.

For more information, call Mrs. Pedu at 518-523-3200.


A great travel app

The Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in Plattsburgh has a great "May Resource of the Month" called A to Z of World Travel on its web site. A good-looking and user-friendly interface offers information on numerous destinations throughout the world and the United States. Besides general info, it offers easy access to just about any question from clothing sizes, med-evac, phones and modem plugs, security and banking to real-time time and temperature readings.


Lake Placid Institute photo competition and reception

All are invited to come see unique photos taken by high school students from throughout the Adirondacks. The exhibition of prints, sponsored by the Lake Placid Institute, will open in the library's Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3.

Titled "24 Hours: A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks," the event is in its seventh year, providing a place for young photographers to compare and to show their works. Students are urged to expand beyond landscapes to include places and subjects that relate to their own daily lives. The resulting works often offer new perspectives on other areas of our region.

Out of hundreds of photos, 40 are annually selected for the show with one taking first place to be awarded at the June 3 opening reception. The show is free and will remain at the library through the month of June.



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