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LIBRARY NEWS: Library begins school year with loads of programs for kids and adults

September 14, 2018
By LISA FORREST - Lake Placid Public Library , Lake Placid News

It's September, time to slow down and get back to the books, whether it's grappling with math texts or collapsing on the couch with a delayed beach read.

We've had a busy summer at the Lake Placid Public Library with the door counter easily topping 1,100 just about every week. Many of those crossing our threshold were out-of-towners eager to look at what they thought was going to be a tiny library (with a restroom, they hoped) only to discover there was a lot more going on behind the small cottage front.


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Representatives from Adirondack Action came to the library lawn in August to educate children about the importance of bees, butterflies and other bugs in pollinating plants. Part of it had the kids coloring imaginative takes on what butterflies look like.
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Recognition for a loved librarian

Congratulations to our front desk librarian of 42 years, Linda Blair, who has been modestly acknowledging patrons wishing her well for being named to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame. Honorees selected by committee must have made significant contributions to the area. Linda certainly has made a great cultural contribution by introducing young children to the world of books and as well as being the stalwart standby for many adults helping them find great reads in fiction and nonfiction.

Parents of the very young to kindergarten-age tots, who might still be wondering what the fuss is all about, should bring them to her Story Hour held each Friday at 10:15 a.m.

"Miss Linda," as the kids call her, will be officially inducted at the 35th annual banquet Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets are available at the Olympic Center box office through Tuesday, Oct. 9.


Visit Fort Ticonderoga

We now have a pass that grants reduced admission to Fort Ticonderoga. For the past few years, we also have offered passes for reduced prices at the Wild Center, the Adirondack Experience and ECHO Lake Champlain Science Center.

The Fort Ticonderoga pass is good for 10 percent off general admission for up to four people during the 2018 Campaign Season, ending Oct. 31. The passes are checked out the same as library books, and users must already be library members in good standing before borrowing them.


LPI Book Club

The Lake Placid Institute Book Club is commencing its 11th year with a meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 at the library.

The first selection for this season is "The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love" by Alice A. Carter. It follows the lives of three talented and successful turn-of-the-century artists who, following studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, established studios in the Red Rose Inn outside Philadelphia. What followed was an extended idyllic period of productivity. The book is filled with wonderful illustrations.

The book club meets usually at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month September through June to discuss both fictionalized and nonfiction books on a wide spectrum including fine, visual, musical and written arts. New members and visitors are always welcome.


Book delivery service

You can still get your interlibrary loan books from the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society's History Museum on Station Street. The service to allow people who get books delivered by van on Wednesday to pick them up there late Wednesday afternoon through Friday will continue until Columbus Day. The service helped some borrowers avoid Main Street traffic this summer


The kids rocked!

Our "Libraries Rock" summer reading program hosted 13 sessions that brought in 319 kids from pre k through grade 5 and 37 young adults along with 156 accompanying adults. Participants rocked out with local musician Scott Sileo, saw a musical presentation by the Hampstead Stage Company and heard a "Just for Fun" performance by musician Dave Ruch. There was also a geology talk by a naturalist from the Adirondack Mountain Club.

These activities were interspersed with days of crafts, stories, games and books, all capped by a "Your Library Rocks" ice cream party with awards and prizes. Children's librarian Karen Armstrong put many hours of work into assembling and tailoring the program for local children. Now she is busy getting fall kids' activities underway.


Fall programs for kids

The Homework and Adventure Hour began its fifth season this past Monday for grades 3 through 5. The after-school program provides a supervised environment and help for students to complete homework along with arts, crafts, reading, games and snacks.

The weekly program is open to all regardless of school district. Students may be dropped off or ride the CAT bus, but must have a parental note. A permission form is required before the first day. More information, along with a copy of the form, may be obtained by calling library director Bambi Pedu or Karen Armstrong at 518-523-3200 or emailing


Books 4 U

For grades 6 through 8, Mrs. Armstrong is bringing back the Books 4 U Service Club, which meets from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 27 to Nov. 15.

Students learn how to hone and use their computer, artistic, writing and public speaking skills to promote books and literacy activities to other children and their families. They choose books they wish to highlight through making displays and PowerPoint presentations, writing book reviews and giving book talks, all activities that develop language building.

Anyone with questions may contact Bambi Pedu or Karen Armstrong at the library.


Half-day activities

The library regularly provides programming for children pre-k through grade 5 on days when local schools close half or full days for superintendent conference days. "Fall Fun! With Crafts, Games, Books and More" will be held Friday, Sept. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. More details are available by contacting the library.


Help! It's math!

Math tutors for group or individual sessions for all students grades 6 through 12 will be offered again beginning Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. This program, which has proven very effective for several students, is being underwritten by a technology and education grant from the Lake Placid Education Foundation.

Sessions are generally offered every Saturday morning except during holiday periods. Individual sessions may be arranged by calling Bambi Pedu at the library.


Don't forget to vote!

We're not talking about November. It's a chance to vote for your all-time favorite book. The Great American Read had its fall kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 11. If you missed it, it's easy to catch up on past episodes on line just by typing in "Great American Read." All will be explained.

Hosted by Meredith Viera, the series has proposed 100 books as the leading favorites of all Americans. Readers are encouraged to check off the ones they have read on the downloadable list and to vote for their favorites.

In tandem with the national event, Mountain Lakes PBS television has introduced a list of books that take place in the Adirondacks. The national and local list are available at their website as well as ballots to vote for the one you have enjoyed the most. If you don't agree with the choices on the lists, there are ways to do a write-in.

Or, if you do not want to vote on line, we have an official ballot box and book lists here.



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