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Board honors Marilyn Riotto and Helen Sprague

November 12, 2011
By PAT WILEY , Saranac Lake Free Library

The Board of Trustees honored Marilyn Riotto and Helen Sprague at a luncheon on Sept. 21. Marilyn Riotto has volunteered at the library for many years, serving as secretary to the board and chairing the Membership Campaign and White Elephant section of Come to the Fair. Marilyn also assisted with book processing every Monday. The board honored Marilyn by naming her to the Saranac Lake Free Library Honor Roll and having her name inscribed on the Honor Roll perpetual plaque. Marilyn recently moved from the area.

Helen Sprague is retiring after working at the library for 44 years. She served as library assistant for many years and later worked part-time. Helen has been in charge of the Story Hour program, arranging the readers for each program and organizing the holiday parties. She also cared for the library's many plants. Helen was presented with a clock shaped like a book inscribed with a thank-you for many years of outstanding service to the library.

Board member Shirley Morgan made arrangements for the occasion, and presentations were made by library Director Betsy Whitefield.


Library Lunch programs

Library Lunch Series coordinator Caper Tissot reports that the programs got off to a rousing start with around 50 people attending the first program, "Night Vision: The Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts," on Nov. 3 with speaker Laura Rice, chief curator of the Adirondack Museum.

At noon on Thursday, Nov. 17, Frank Lescinsky will present "Churches, Temples, Shrines: Worship Around the World." Bring a lunch to the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room every other Thursday, and enjoy homemade desserts and beverages provided by the library's Hospitality Committee.

On Dec. 1, Dave Johnson will talk about "Wild and Wonderful: Our Adirondacks, Acadia and Alaska." To receive an email reminder shortly before each program, fill out a brief form at the library or call 518-891-4190.


Story Hour

Many children enjoyed the Story Hour Halloween Party, with spooky stories read by Merle Smith and festive treats donated by the Grand Union. Special friends of the library donated gifts, including pumpkins with treats inside and pencils decorated with homemade Halloween bears.

Franny Preston, Shannon Stratton and Heidi Pedersen presented recent programs. Preschool Story Hour is held each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Elinor B. Preis Children's Room.

Tuesday Evening Story Hour, held the third Tuesday of the month, will be on Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Barbe Skiff and Terrie Perkins offering poems, stories and songs.


Have you seen?

The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks' 2011 Traveling Art and Cover Show continues through Dec. 1 in the Cantwell Community Room.

Louise Plosila, president of the Paint and Palette Art Association, reports that the 26th annual Paint and Palette Winter Show runs from Dec. 5 to Jan 5. The opening will be Dec. 8, 5 to 7 p.m., with everyone cordially invited to attend.


Adirondack Research Room news

Curator Michele Tucker reports that a new project, "The "Kollecker Film Preservation Project," is beginning in the Adirondack Room. The four parts to the project are acquisition of films (particularly films relative to Saranac Lake), transfer of films to high-definition video, restoration of films and development of a film storage system to preserve the films for the next century.

"Some films in the collection have already been put into video format," Tucker explained, "and they are available for viewing. We are hoping for donations of film footage and money for this valuable, worthwhile project." Jim Griebsch is spearheading the project.


Membership campaign

In spite of uncertain economic times, the 2011 SLFL Membership Campaign is progressing very well. Anne Paulson, president of the Board of Trustees, thanks everyone who has contributed this year.

It's not too late to become a member. To receive a membership envelope, stop at the circulation desk or call the library.


In appreciation

Thank you to student volunteer Dana Holmlund who recently completed a block of five hours over a five-week period volunteering at the library. Dana shelved many picture books in the children's room, along with completing other library tasks.


Acquisition highlights

Fiction: "Only Time Will Tell" (Archer), "Lost Memory of Skin" (Banks), "The Night Strangers" (Bohjalian), "The Affair" (Child), "Nightwoods" (Frazier), "The Dovekeepers" (Hoffman), "Shock Wave" (Sanford)

Nonfiction: "The Sibling Effect" (Kluger), "Retirement Heist" (Schultz), "Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You" (Groopman), "50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants" (Clausen)

Picture books: "Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween" (Yee), "The Princess and the Pig" (Emmett), "The Golem's Latkes" (Kimmel)


Juvenile fiction: "With the Might of Angels" (Pinkney), "The Blood Lie" (Vernick), "Saint Louis Armstrong Beach" (Woods)

CDs: "George Brown, Class Clown" (Krulik), "Me Jane" (McDonnell), "The Floor of Heaven" (Blum)

DVDs: "Good Will Hunting," "Lord of the Rings" and "Pay It Forward."



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