Library Notes, by Pat Wiley

Library celebrates 110th birthday!  In 1907 a group of dedicated Saranac Lake citizens formed a library association, obtained the charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York, and proceeded to raise funds to build the library. This sketch from the July 29, 1909, Adirondack Daily Enterprise showed the plan for the new library which was completed in 1910.
(Sketch courtesy of the Adirondack Research Room, Saranac Lake Free Library)

Board launches year-end campaign

2017 Campaign In a recent letter to the community, Brian O’Connor, board president, wrote, “As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank you for supporting the Saranac Lake Free Library. The library relies on the generosity of our community supporters. “But we still need ...

Larry Master will present the first Library Luncheon Series program, “Adirondack Wildlife-Past and Present.” The programs are presented free of charge from November until April.
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Library Luncheon series begins Nov. 2

Coordinator Rosalie Fontana is pleased to announce that our very popular Library Luncheon Series will resume at noon on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room with Larry Master, conservation biologist, zoologist and wildlife photographer, presenting “Adirondack ...

The Ladies’ Auxiliary Board of the Saranac Lake Free Library is seen at a reception. This photograph was first published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on July 10, 1910.
(Photograph #85.15K, courtesy of the Adirondack Collection, SLFL)

Library celebrates 110 years

Happy 110th birthday, Saranac Lake Free Library! While the library’s charter was granted in 1907, there were fledgling libraries that preceded the library on Main Street. A glance backward shows growth in both the physical library and the collection which has expanded from 400 books to a ...

SUMMER READING PROGRAM LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS — “Build a Better World” was the theme for the 2017 Children’s Reading Program. Program leaders are shown behind paper constructions created by the children. Standing from left, Anna Ellithorpe, Linda Beairsto, Hilde Hammond. Seated from left, Marcia Gilbert, Karen Smith, Linda Grant, Linda Jackson and Peggy Orman, youth programs coordinator. Kerri Langer also helped with the program.  
(Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

Library programs planned for September

Current Events Coffee Hour It’s New! Join in for a lively discussion of current events and a mid-morning cup of coffee. This group will begin Monday, Sept. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The group will meet on a weekly basis and will cover current events from local issues to world ...

The 1968 wing of the library is shown decorated for Come to the Fair. Balloons feature areas of the fair: books, Bakery Cafe, Unique Boutique, Adirondack Crafts, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games. A cake in the center celebrates the 110th year of the library, founded in 1907. The window display is by Gloria Drucker. The library garden is maintained by Stevie Summers while Ken Wiley takes care of the lawn.
(Photo provided — Pat Wiley, Saranac Lake Free Library)

Come to the Fair Aug. 8-11 at 110-year-old library

“Happy birthday, Saranac Lake Free Library!” is the theme for the 2017 edition of Come to the Fair. This year the event theme will celebrate the 110 years of the library which was founded in 1907. The fair will offer hundreds of gently used hardcover and paperback books for sale — for ...

Children who attended Story Time on May 25 
are shown sitting on a new sofa in the Elinor B. Preis Children’s Room. The sofa was purchased with memorial funds donated in memory of Helen Sprague who worked as library assistant at the Saranac Lake Free Library for 44 years. Among her many duties, Helen was in charge of the Story Time Program, arranging for the reader each week and organizing the Holiday Parties. She retired in 2011.
(Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

Children’s Summer Reading Program begins July 12

The 2017 Mary MacIntyre Summer Reading Program will meet three Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m. until noon, July 12, 19 and 26. The theme, “Build a Better World,” will feature many delightful stories, projects and activities for the free series. Leaders of the three groups-preschool, ...

VOLUNTEERS PREPARING MEMBERSHIP MAILING — Standing from left are, Donna Fulkerson, Judy Rush, Rosalie Fontana, Maureen Sayles (Committee Chair), Marcia Gilbert, Margaret Worden (Membership Committee). Seated from left are Anne Boutilier, Phyllis Magnus, Joy Harvey and Shirley Morgan. Pictured are the morning volunteers who helped to assemble the May Membership Appeal. Afternoon volunteers were Kay Best, Ellen Beideck, Margot Gold (Membership Committee), Susan Mitchell, Susan Moody, Donna Walsh and Brian O'Connor. The board thanks these volunteers, committee members Diane Peterson and Audrey Schwartzberg, and everyone who has contributed so far to the annual Membership Campaign, which began May 1.
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Membership Campaign celebrates 110th year of library

“A library outranks any other thing a community can do for the benefit of its people.” This quote by Andrew Carnegie opens the 2017 Membership Letter. Brian C. O’Connor, President of the Board of Trustees, continues in the letter, “In 1907, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie gave $10,000 ...

PICKING THE WINNING TICKET — Barbara Friend and Tom Delahant assist with picking the winning ticket for “Adirondack Splendor,” the pieced, appliqued and hand-quilted wall hanging displayed behind them. The winner was Lisa Styles.
(Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

Quilt winner has ties to Saranac Lake and the library

Lisa Styles of Ashfield, Massachusetts, the quilt winner, has a strong connection to Saranac Lake and the Saranac Lake Free Library. Lisa is married to Larry Parnass, son of the late Barbara and Henry Parnass, Saranac Lake residents for many years. Both Barbara and Henry served terms on the ...

PETROVA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIRD GRADE STUDENTS — On Jan. 27, the Petrova Elementary School third-grade classes toured the library's Dickert Wildlife Museum. Half of the students are shown in the Community Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. Their teachers are Mr. Bill Wilson, Mrs. Ali McCormick, Mrs. Sara Shatraw and Mrs. Wendy O'Brien. Teacher assistants are Mrs. Darlene Peer and Mrs. Laurie Woodruff.
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Winter Carnival Book Sale today and Saturday

The 28th 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 ...

Books in every category, along with CDs, DVDs and 
puzzles, will be sold at the 28th annual Winter Book Sale from Feb. 9 to 11.
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Winter Carnival Book Sale Feb. 9 to 11

The 28th annual Winter Book Sale will take place Thursday, Feb. 9, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Warm up between Winter Carnival events and browse through ...

LIBRARY LUNCHEON SERIES VOLUNTEERS — From left are Joy Harvey (chair), Anne Boutilier, Shirley Morgan and Siobhan Crary, who make up the Saranac Lake Free Library Hospitality Committee, shown with Library Luncheon Series Coordinator Rosalie Fontana, right. The noon programs are offered free of charge every other Thursday, with desserts and beverages provided by this committee and other bakers.
(Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

Library thanks community for support

We couldn’t do it without you! The library board and staff thank everyone in the community for making 2016 a wonderful year at the Saranac Lake Free Library. We deeply appreciate help provided by our upstairs, Adirondack Research Room and yard/garden volunteers, and those who give time to ...

LIBRARY GARDEN VOLUNTEER — Stevie Summers, standing by a Russian Sage plant in August, maintains the library garden. Funds from a memorial donation for Dorothy Reichart Meagher were used to purchase annuals, fall mums and garden supplies.
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Fall programs at the library

Library Luncheon Series These free programs are offered at noon every other Thursday in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room. Everyone is invited to bring a lunch and enjoy homemade desserts and beverages provided by the Hospitality Committee. On Dec. 1, Holly Wolff, president of ...