LIBRARY NEWS: Library vote success, community day coming up

Homeschool families check out the ambulance from the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service. (Provided photo)

Lake Placid Public Library board members, Director Bambi Pedu and the staff would like to thank everyone who came out on May 9 to support the library on the budget vote.

Our next big event is the Lake Placid Community Day, where we will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4 at the North Elba Show Grounds. It is a day to celebrate all who live, work and/or volunteer in the Lake Placid community. 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

On May 4, the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service was welcomed by homeschool families. There was a tour of the inside of the ambulance and a question/answer session showing the important work that the dedicated staff perform. Anyone interested in receiving information about the Homeschool program, email librarian@lakeplacidlibrary.org.


Judith Harper, professional genealogist, was at the library on May 17 to meet with people who have questions about their genealogy. She was able to share search ideas for each of them. “Ask a Genealogist” program is held every third Wednesday of the month. If you have run into a brick wall in your family tree and don’t know what to do next, give us a call at 518-523-3200 or stop at the front desk to make an appointment for the June 21 session.

Ms. Linda’s Storytime

Every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. all year long, Ms. Linda shares a story, song, and an activity with children and their families. All are welcome to attend.

Math tutoring

This just might be the time students are looking for some extra help with their math. June finals and regents tests are coming up, soon so give us a call at 518-523-3200 if you are interested in some free math tutoring.

Coming this summer

– StoryWalks: From June through September, enjoy a StoryWalk at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, and don’t miss Kate Messner’s “Over and Under the Pond” at the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Heart Lake site for the month of July.

– Poster contest: The Bookstore Plus is co-sponsoring a poster contest, interpreting the “Lake Placid Reads” theme. Contest guidelines and submission forms areavailable at the library and the bookstore or online at www.lakeplacidlibrary.org. Submissions are due on Monday, Aug. 28.

– Library Buzz Program: Celebrate pollinator week at 11 a.m. June 24 with staff from AdkAction by learning about pollinators and creating a bee house to take home. Geared for families with children in pre-k to grade 6, but other ages welcome.

– Stuffie love: Treat your favorite “stuffie” to an afternoon of reading and creating at 3 p.m. June 27. Learn to hand sew or knit and leave with a beautiful blanket for your cuddly companion. If you know you are coming, please RSVP (librarian@lakeplacidlibrary.org or 518-523-3200) to help us organize materials. Geared for families with children in pre-k to grade 6, but other ages are welcome.

– Summer reading: Beginning in July, pick up a Reading Log and stickers or a Teen BINGO card to track summer reading. Celebrate with a Stewart’s ice cream certificate in August. Thank you, Stewart’s Shops!

– Pop art: At 3 p.m. July 11, meet pop artist Michael Albert, who makes collages using cereal boxes and other recycled cardboard packages. This workshop is for families with school-age children, but other ages are welcome. An adult session follows at 5 p.m.

– New York wildlife: Staff from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will be on hand at 1 p.m. July 18 for an interactive experience with live animals and touchable artifacts. Families with children of all ages welcome.

– RiverJack Z: Back by popular demand, create and record an original song with RiverJack Z at 3 p.m. July 25.

– Book festival: The Adirondack Family Book Festival returns from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. It will bring together children’s and YA authors and illustrators under a big convening tent and several smaller tents to meet their readers of all ages, read aloud, and talk about their work. Activities that pair select books with the natural beauty of the farm and hands-on art making and discovery are also planned. The festival will be free, open to all, and celebratory.

– Art gallery: For the month of July, the library’s art gallery will host the magnificent works of American pop artist Michael Albert. Stop in any time and enjoy his amazing creations. Join the artist/author at 5 p.m. July 11 for an adult session to create your own pop art. Leave with a signed poster.

New arrivals

Adult fiction: “Really Good, Actually” by Monica Heisey, “Homecoming” by Kate Morton, “Dirty Laundry” by Disha Bose, “The Soulmate” by Sally Hepworth, “The Fourth Enemy” by Anne Perry, “The Only Survivors” by Megan Miranda, “The Seaside Library” by Brenda Novak, “The Trackers” by Charles Frazier, “Someone Else’s Shoes” by Jojo Moyes, “Where Coyotes Howl” by Sandra Dallas,” The Golden Doves” by Martha Hall Kelly, “City of Dreams” by Don Winslow, “Simply Lies” by David Baldacci, “The Way of the Bear” by Anne Hillerman, “Death by Chocolate Marshmallow” by Sarah Graves, “Breakneck” by Marc Cameron, “With My Little Eye” by Joshilyn Jackson, and many more new arrivals.

Adult non-fiction: “On the Origin of Time: Stephen Hawkins Final Theory” by Thomas Hertog, “Pig Years” by Ellyn Gaydos, “It Goes, So Fast: The Year of No Do-Overs” by Mary Louise Kelly, “Life in Five Senses” by Gretchen Rubin, “Under Alien Skies: A Sightseers Guide to the Universe” by Philip C. Plait, and biography “Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life” by Laura Dern.

Juvenile fiction: “Big Tree” by Brian Selznick, “Shadow” by Erin Hunter, “The Sister Switch” by Sarah Mlynowski and Debbie Rigaud, “School Trip” By Jerry Craft, and “The Last Comics on Earth” by Max Braillier, “Spy Camp: The Graphic Novel” by Stewart Gibbs, and “Welcome to Sparklegrove” by Rebecca Elliott.

Children’s books: “The Loud Librarian” by Jenna Beatrice, “How to Write a Poem” by Alexander Kwame, Young Adult Fiction – “Silver in the Bone” by Alexandra Bracken, “Someone is always watching” by Kelley Armstrong, “Throwback” by Goo, “Harvest House” by Cynthia Leitich Smith, “Snow and Poison” by Melissa de la Cruz, and “The Lake House” by Sarah Beth Durst.

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

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