Library thanks community for support

LIBRARY LUNCHEON SERIES VOLUNTEERS — Pictured from left are Siobhan Crary, kneeling, Shirley Morgan, Joy Harvey (chair), and Anne Boutilier who make up the SLFL Hospitality Committee, shown prior to a recent program. Rosalie Fontana coordinates the programs, while Margaret Worden, far right, takes care of correspondence. The noon programs are offered free of charge every other Thursday, with desserts and beverages provided by this committee and other bakers. Thank you to all our volunteers, patrons and community members for everything they do for the library. (Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

The library board and staff thank all community members for making the Saranac Lake Free Library’s 110th year one to celebrate!

We deeply appreciate the help provided by our upstairs, Adirondack Research Room and yard and garden volunteers, and those who gave time to special events, including the Winter Book Sale, summer Come to the Fair, the Library Luncheon Series, children’s programs, exhibits and many other endeavors.

Thank you to those who provided financial assistance through our Membership Campaign, memorial donations, November Reading Challenge, Adopt-a-Book Program and our Year-End Campaign.

The media have been extremely helpful getting the word out about library events.

We wish everyone a joyous holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Library Luncheon Series

Sue Grimm Hanley, Tom Techman and Ginny West, talented local musicians, will present “Holiday Music” at noon on Thursday, Dec. 14. The program will provide a wide variety of music from traditional carols to pop holiday music of the ’50s, ’60s, and recent years.

On Jan. 4, Ed Kanze and Josh Clement will offer “Today the Adirondacks, Tomorrow the World.” They will screen several ten-minute episodes from “Curiously Adirondack,” videos they created for Mountain Lake PBS, and will discuss the hard work and fun of creating episodes ranging from beavers to cure cottages of Saranac Lake.

Fiction Book Group

The Fiction Book Group, focusing on female mystery writers, will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. Contact Judy Oehler, Adult Programming, at or call the library 518 891-4190 for book title.

Science Book Group

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. the Science Book Group will discuss “Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet” by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope.

Race: The Power

of Illusion

The study group for those interested in exploring racism in America will meet Monday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. to discuss “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond.

Current Events Cafe

Come to this group Monday mornings, Dec. 11, 18 and Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m. for good coffee and good conversation about local, national and world events.

Story Time Programs

Thank you to Merle Smith for recent programs, and for presenting the Holiday Party. Story Time will resume on Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Have you seen?

“Pioneering Women in Science and Conservation: Jane Goodall and Rachel Carson,” including books, photographs and a copy of a personally-signed letter by Rachel Carson, is currently on display in the lobby case. Enjoy “Holiday Village” in the Children’s Room case. Both displays are courtesy of Margaret Worden.

Adirondack Research

Room news

Curator Michele Tucker reports that “Adirondack Directory, 1902-1903” was recently donated to the Adirondack Collection. The directory covers Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and Bloomingdale and includes residents with information about them, organizations with officers and members, and yellow pages with a business directory. Early photographs are also included. The directory was compiled by Jos. Mannix and Geo. H. Foy.


The library will be closed Dec. 25, Christmas Day, and Jan. 1, New Year’s Day.

Acquisition highlights

Fiction: “The Midnight Line” (Child), “Typhoon Fury” (Cussler), “Hardcore Twenty-Four” (Evanovich)

Nonfiction: “The Second World War” (Hanson), “I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street” (Taibbi), “First Time Ever” (Seeger)

Large print: “In the Midst of Winter” (Allende), “The People We Hate At the Wedding” (Ginder), “Mind Game” (Johansen)

Young adult fiction: “Empire of Storms” (Maas), “Once and For All” (Dessen)

Juvenile fiction: “Silent Days, Silent Dreams” (Say), “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (Kinney)

Picture books: “The King of Little Things” (Lepp), “Winter Dance” (Bauer), “No More Tantrums” (Van Lieshout)

CDs: “Rooster Bar” (Grisham), “The Midnight Line” (Child) and “Two Kinds of Truth” (Connelly).