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LIBRARY NEWS: Head to the library when it’s raining

July 20, 2017
By LISA FORREST - Lake Placid Public Library ( , Lake Placid News

Variations on the rhyme, "Rain, rain go away," date back at least to early Greece, but we expect a few new versions may have been coined over the past couple of months.

So, what should you do with the hours you expected to spend lolling on the beach? It's not that we are trying to compete with bowling or the movies, but we do have a few suggestions for distraction here at the Lake Placid Public Library, especially if you are a kid.

The newly expanded children's rooms were completed just in time to host children and grownups looking to get out of the wet. Kids like the toys and books, and adults enjoy a little respite and often an opportunity to read to the youngest while older ones find books, puzzles or games such as Monopoly.

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A couple students working at the Adirondak Loj this summer take a break at the library.
(Photo provided)


"Build a Better World" on Tuesdays

LPPL's summer reading program for elementary aged children kicked off Tuesday, July 11 with a scavenger hunt for items and ideas to build a castle. Kids roamed the library rooms finding materials and came up with imaginative projects.

The program was the first with this year's lofty "Build a Better World" theme. Architect Paul Shurtleff, who talked about making people feel happy with design, was featured at this week's event.

The other Tuesday programs will be about building stories with classic literature on July 25 and exploring engineering on building bridges on Aug. 8. The last program will be a celebration for all the participants with ice cream and awards.


"Pinocchio" show special

Rain or shine, a must for kids of all ages, will be on Tuesday Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. when the classic children's tale "Pinocchio" will be performed by actors from the Hampstead Stage Company. The repertory group from Barnstead, New Hampshire, has been acting out children's classics for 35 years. This will be the third visit from the group, which put on "The Wizard of Oz" last summer and made a Christmas visit the year before with "Scrooge." The Hampstead productions are especially written and designed for elementary children and frequently involve the audience in the action. The offering is free, and people are requested to be in place by 1 p.m.


Wednesdays, Thursdays

There is plenty going on from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays each week through Aug. 10. Kids can work on building projects or crafts, look for books, listen to stories told by Children's Librarian Karen Armstrong, play games and, of course, read.

Anyone interested in the above programs may contact either Bambi Pedu or Karen Armstrong at 518-523-3200 or Kids must be accompanied by someone at least 12 years old.


Books 4 U on Thursdays

For the older grade 5 through 7 group, a community service club called "Books 4 U" has been formed to help children and adults connect with interesting titles. The students began meeting Thursday, July 13 and will gather every Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. through Aug. 24.

Participants develop skills by creating PowerPoint presentations, writing book reviews, speaking publicly and, most fun, creating and performing roles in readers' theater productions. The results will be a production for families and friends on the last day.

In addition to having fun and getting satisfaction from efforts to lure others into enjoying books, the students will also receive community service points.

Parental permission is required. Anyone wishing more info or to join in, should contact Bambi Pedu or Karen Armstrong at 518-523-3200 or


Little ones on Fridays

Story hour and songs with Miss Linda has been a favorite for generations. Tiny tots to age 6 are very welcome every Friday year-round at 10 a.m.


Take a Computer Class

A class on computer basics will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1. This class is for just about anybody. Instructor Chris Lawrence will teach people who are totally new to computing as well as answer questions for people with just a little knowledge and those further advanced who might have problems with particular computer and internet tasks.

The class is free, and there are no residence restrictions. To enroll, call 518-523-3200.


English for the workplace and everyday living

This summer's English program by the Literacy Volunteers of Essex / Franklin Counties is especially geared to J-1 students here on work visas, but others looking to learn English are welcome. It's held downstairs in the library each Thursday through Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It's free of charge.

For further information, call 518-837-5238 or email


Look for Waldo

You can while away some time dancing through the rain drops to find the vagabond. The Bookstore Plus is sponsoring a contest for children to track down the storybook character, and the library is one of the many stops in his wanderings. Details and materials can be obtained at the bookstore.


Come read or just pass the time

For those of us past our school days, local or visiting, there are plenty of books, magazines, computers with internet access, Wi-Fi, newspapers, movie DVDs, audio books, or space to relax and knit, write, draw or just gaze out the window at Mirror Lake to while away soggy afternoons. And, yes, we do allow people to bring coffee.


Art gallery

The Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery now features photography by Eleanor Sweeney, who makes images as transfers on paper, metal, wood and fabric as well as conventional prints.


Any ideas?

We've been thinking that a class in Mahjong would be fun. We don't know how to play, but we are hoping that someone with experience teaching it will read or hear about this and contact Bambi Pedu at 518-523-3200. We're always open to suggestions for other classes or activities as well.

Here's to hoping that these recommendations will make the sun come out for more than an occasional cameo. Whatever works.



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