LIBRARY NEWS: Lake Placid Public Library welcomes spring, prepares for summer

Children and parents enjoy a spring story with Ms. Linda at the Lake Placid Public Library. (Provided photo)

The snow has melted, Mirror Lake is now ice free, the weather is warming more and more each day, and we’re preparing for the upcoming summer season.

Budget vote

The annual budget vote for the Lake Placid Public Library is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 at the library. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate all your support.

Creating games at the Lake Placid Public Library’s Homeschool Thursday program (Provided photo)

To be eligible to vote, an individual must be a United States citizen, a resident of the Lake Placid Central School District for at least 30 days, and be 18 years of age. Any taxpayer in the school district may obtain a copy of the amount of money, which will be required for the ensuing year for library purposes, during the seven days immediately preceding the budget vote.

Community Day

Mark Sunday, June 4 on your calendars. We’ll be celebrating Lake Placid Community Day from 1 to 4 p.m. at the North Elba Show Grounds. This is a day to celebrate all who live, work and/or volunteer in the Lake Placid community with a free party. There will be free food, music, games and activities for children and adults, prizes, face painting, balloon animals, free books and much more. There will be a children’s cosmic-themed dance party as well, so stop by the library’s tent to gather some cosmic swag before heading on to the dance floor.

Homeschool Thursday

Our last two Homeschool Thursdays are scheduled for April 27 and May 4 at 10 a.m. April 27 will be a Spring into Poetry drop-in session between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Month and the beginning of a much-anticipated new season. On May 4, we are excited to welcome the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service for an event for homeschool families. Children will learn about the important work of our ambulance service and see the inside of an ambulance.

Story time

Every Friday morning at 10:30, Ms. Linda shares a story, a song and an activity with children and their parents. This past week, we were all captivated by a springtime story about a squirrel, a bird, a cat and a lot of peanuts in the shell. The children helped to feed the squirrel by adding peanuts to the story board.


Do you have a genealogical question that’s been weighing on your mind? Have you run into a “brick wall” in your family tree and don’t know what to do next? Or, maybe you want to know more about an ancestor. You have their vital records (birth, marriage, death) and census data, but you want to know more? Where should you search?

On Wednesday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Judith Harper will be at the library. Sign up for a free consultation with professional genealogist by visiting the front desk or calling the library 518-523-3200.

Harper has been fascinated by family history research since the late 1980s when she started investigating the lives of her ancestors. She has been working as a professional genealogist since 2015, when she received her certificate in genealogical research from Boston University.

She specializes in New York state and New England genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and her profile can be viewed at https://www.apgen.org/users/judith-harper.

Originally from the Boston area, she has been living in the Adirondacks since 2005 with her husband and their golden retrievers. She is an avid naturalist, and when not working or hiking, she loves nothing better than to curl up with a good book.

Math tutoring

This time of year as students are preparing for finals it might be a good time to set up an appointment with a math tutor. Just give us a call 518-523-3200, and we will provide the information needed to start getting the help you want.

New arrivals

Adult Fiction: “Love and Fury” by Mary Wollstonecraft, “The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley, “World War Z” by Max Brooks, “Those Empty Eyes” by Charlie Donlea, “Earth’s the Right Place for Love” by Elizabeth Berg, “All that is Hidden” by Rhys Bowen, “Hiss and Tell” by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown, “A Mansion for Murder” by Frances Brody, “I will Find You” by Harlan Coben, “Forget What You Know” by Christina Dodd, “Collateral Damage” by J.A. Jance, “The Lost English Girl” Julia Kelly, “So Shall You Reap” by Donna Leon, “Two Wars and a Wedding” by Lauren Willig, “The White Lady” by Jacqueline Winspear, and many more on the shelf.

Adult non-fiction: “The Scheme: How the Right Wing used Dark Money to Capture the Supreme Court” by Sheldon Whitehouse, “The Book of Vanishing Species” by Beatrice Forshall, “Things We Make” by William Hammack, and a Biographies, “The Watchmakers’s Daughter” by Larry Loftis, and “The Best Strangers in the World” by Ari Shapiro.

Large-print fiction: “The Devine Donut Shop” by Carolyn Brown, “inheriting Edith” by Zoe Fishman, and “Eden’s Children” by V.C. Andrews.

Juvenile fiction: “The Very, Very Far North” by Dan Bar-el, “The Girl and The Witch’s Garden” by Erin Bowman, “Minecraft: Construction Handbook” by Needler children, “The Sun is Late and so is The Farmer” by Christian Philip Stead, “Agatha May and the Angler Fish” by Nora Morrison, “Pick a Perfect Egg” by Patricia Toht, “Together with You” by Patricia Toht, and “Woven of the World” by Katey Howes.

(Madonna Barney is a library assistant at the Lake Placid Public Library.)

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