Winter Carnival Book Sale today and Saturday

SLFL Board of Trustees members seated from left are Kevin Laplante (treasurer), Larry Johnson (president), Audrey Schwartzberg (vice president), Maureen Sayles (secretary). Pictured, back row from left, are Margot Gold, Brian O'Connor and Franny Preston. Melissa Kline, Glenn Pareira and Sarah Shoemaker also serve on the board. Board meetings are open to the public, with the next one taking place on Monday, Feb. 26, at 5:15 p.m. in the Community Room. (Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

The 29th annual Winter Carnival Book Sale continues today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room at the library, 109 Main Street. Find hundreds of hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles and games. A large section of individually-priced books can be found in the special books area, including Adirondack, very old, collectible and newer fiction and nonfiction.

Annual Meeting

At the SLFL annual meeting held on Jan. 24, Melissa Kline and Glenn Pareira were elected to five-year terms on the board of trustees. Retiring board members William Chapin and David Trudeau were thanked for outstanding service to the board.

Library director Peter Benson reported that 53,194 items circulated in 2017: 19,419 adult books, 606 young adult, 9,302 children’s and juvenile items, 2,623 audio, 12,790 DVDs, 2,187 E-books and 6,267 interlibrary loan materials. There are 6,970 registered borrowers, with a patron attendance of 61,164 visits.

The annual report includes a letter from the director, a financial summary, and a listing of library activities and programs.

Library Luncheon Series

Coordinator Rosalie Fontana reports that Ruth Pino, Food Services Director, Saranac Lake Central School District, will present “Farm to School Initiative,” at noon on Feb. 22. On March 8 the Rustic Riders, Lisa and Klauss Meissner, will offer “Songs of the North Woods” with mostly original music about people, places and critters of the region.

Bring a lunch and enjoy desserts and beverages provided by the Hospitality Committee–Joy Harvey, chair, Anne Boutilier, Siobhan Crary, Shirley Morgan and other bakers.

Fiction Book Group

The Fiction Book Group, focusing on female mystery writers, will meet on Tuesday, March 6, at 2 p.m., to discuss “Mistress of the Art of Death” by Ariana Franklin.

Science Book Group

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m., the Science Book Group will discuss “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Noah Harari.

“Race: The Power

of Illusion”

The study group for those interested in exploring racism in America will meet Monday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. to discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders” by David Grann.

Current Events Cafe

Come to this group Monday mornings, Feb. 12, 19 and 26, at 10:30 a.m. for good coffee and good conversation about local, national and world events.

Film Noir Series

“Dial M for Murder,” starring Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, will be shown free of charge on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.

Story Time Programs

Preschool Story Time is offered each Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. Thank you to Hilde Hammond, Linda Grant and Merle Smith for recent programs.

Have you seen?

Enjoy the display, “Bears Celebrating Winter Carnival,” in the children’s room Esther T. Mirick Case, courtesy of Margaret Worden.

Adirondack Research

Room News

Curator Michele Tucker reports that a variety of duplicate items from the Adirondack Research Room can be purchased at the Winter Book Sale, including books, yearbooks, pamphlets and Winter Carnival photographs.


The Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, for Presidents’ Day.

Acquisition highlights

Fiction: “Unbound” (Woods), “You Will Pay” (Jackson), “The Stars Are Fire” (Shreve)

Nonfiction: “A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey” (Pepin), “Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray” (Federman), “What a Fish Knows” (Balcombe)

Large print: “Trace” (Mayor), “The Dog Who Saved My Life” (O’Grey), “Promise Not to Tell” (Krentz)

Young adult: “The Hate You Give” (Thomas)

Juvenile fiction: “Survivor Diaries: Avalanche!” (Johnson), “The Lost Rainforest: Mez’s Magic” (Schrefer), “Voices from the Underground Railroad” (Winters)

Picture books: “While You Are Sleeping” (Ruiz), “A Peaceful Garden” (London), “Don’t Forget Dexter” (Ward)

CDs: “The View from the Cheap Seats” (Gaiman), “Pachinko” (Lee) and “Anne of Green Gables” (Montgomery).