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Saranac Lake Free Library Notes: Library board returns table to Historic Saranac Lake

September 12, 2008
By Pat Wiley

A small town story

An antique trestle table is back in the John Black Room at the Historic Saranac Lake building at 89 Church Street. The table was part of the original furnishings in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory and can be seen in a 1928 photograph placed in front of the fireplace.

When the Saranac Lab was turned over to Paul Smiths College in 1964, the table was given to the Saranac Lake Free Library. Mary Hotaling, Executive Director of Historic Saranac Lake, recognized the table many years later from the photograph, and the library board decided it was appropriate to return the table to its original setting.

Article Photos

Betsy Whitefield, Saranac Lake Free Library director, left, sitting at the historic table, and Mary Hotaling, executive director of Historic Saranac Lake, hold the 44th annual report of the Trudeau Sanatorium, dated October 1928, that contains the early photograph of the John Black Room. A portrait of John Black hangs above the fireplace, along with two original lamps.
(Photo — Pat Wiley)

This spring during the renovation of the library's Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room, Historic Saranac Lake donated the use of the John Black Room for the Brown Bag Lunch programs. Library Director Betsy Whitefield formally presented the table to Mary Hotaling at a program Mary gave entitled "Who Was John Black?" The table is now back in its original position in front of the fireplace.

Come to the Fair success

The 53rd annual Come to the Fair, held Aug. 5 to 7, with a new look in the renovated Cantwell Community Room, was a huge success, with hundreds attending the gala event that raised over $10,700 to benefit the library.

Gloria Drucker, Fair Coordinator, reports, "We exceeded our goal thanks to our dedicated chairs, volunteers, those who donated books, white elephant items, jewelry, toys, plants and baked goods, and to the many, many folks, young and old, who attended the fair."

"Camp Gabriels crews did an outstanding job moving furniture and books," Gloria reported. "Thanks also to Aubuchon Hardware for lending a handcart, and to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, WNBZ and other media for publicizing the fair."

"It has been a wonderful community event," concluded Gloria, "and we look forward to 2009 and the 54th Come to the Fair!"

Fair Chairpersons

The Fair Committee, coordinated by Gloria Drucker, includes Bobbie Leamer, room set up and break down; Jan Kibben and Beth Guglielmi, treasurers; Diane Peterson, and Ruth Fortune, day chairs; Linda Beairsto, cashiers.

Also, Joan Donaldson, Liz Caldwell and Jessica Deeb, baked goods; Dana Fast, plants; Linda Jackson, toys; Barbara Plumadore, white elephant items and jewelry; Merle Smith and Karen Smith, paperbacks; Ruth Fortune, children's books; Joy Harvey, special books; Dorris Loomis, special books cashiers; Jan Kibben, Members Night and Picnic Lunch; Audrey Vanderhoof, lobby case display; Pat Wiley, publicity.

Story hour program

Preschoolers are invited to enjoy stories and the fun of getting together with other children at the Thursday programs held at 10:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 18, in the Elinor B. Preis Children's Room. A number of talented readers donate their time and talent to the program that also includes holiday parties. Staff member Helen Sprague coordinates the story hour programs.

Adirondack Research Room news

Curator Michele Tucker reports that several boxes of "Adirondackana" have been donated to the room by Jacques DeMattos and his mother, Jeanne DeMattos. Newspapers, clippings, pamphlets, programs, manuscripts, correspondence, press releases, scrapbooks, photographs, magazines, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival memorabilia and files from the Chamber of Commerce and WNBZ Radio Station are included in the donation.

"Adirondack Attic 5," by Andy Flynn, has also been given to the collection.

Have you seen?

"Les Images de Paris," an exhibit of intaglio prints by Larry Poole, will be on display in the Community Room through Oct. 1. The public is cordially invited to an opening reception Friday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. You can also meet the artist at the Third Thursday Gallery Walk, Sept. 18, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Acquisition highlights

Adult fiction: "Lie Down With the Devil" (Barnes), "Being Elizabeth" (Bradford), "The Last Patriot" (Thor)

Adult nonfiction: "Butterfly" (Marent), "Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School" (Broughton), "Looking for Anne of Green Gables" (Gammel)

Large print: "The Ghost War" (Berenson), "Foreign Body" (Cook), "Dead Heat" (Rosenberg)

Easy fiction: "The Bear That Heard Crying" (Kinsey-Warnock), "Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids" (Kirk), "Awful Ogre Running Wild" (Prelutsky)

Juvenile fiction: "Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code" (Colfer), "Nightmare at the Book Fair" (Gutman), "Chiggers" (Lawson)

CDs: "The Whole Truth" (Baldacci), "The Plague of Doves" (Erdrich), "The Spies of Warsaw" (Furst).



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