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Library welcomes new director, Peter Benson

April 13, 2012
By PAT?WILEY , Saranac Lake Free Library

Library board president Anne Paulson, the library board members and staff are very pleased to welcome Peter Benson as the Director of the Saranac Lake Free Library. Peter was the academic librarian for the Malone campus library of North Country Community College for the past year and a half.

You may recognize Pete who worked as the part-time evening librarian at the SLFL while he was pursuing his master's degree in library and information sciences. Pete also chaired the Library Mini Golf event held in 2010.

Peter Benson is probably the first male librarian at the SLFL. Adirondack Research Room curator Michele Tucker is researching this question and we will report the answer soon!

Article Photos

TABOB YOUTH READING GROUP — Top row from left, Maria Rothaupt, Witter Swanson, Peggy Orman (youth programs coordinator), Kelsey Huber, Brian Bryne, Louis Catania, and seated Natalie Orman and Nils Pedersen are shown with some of the books they are reading for the TABOB program. Participant Gabby Armstrong is not in the photograph.
(Photo — Pat Wiley)

Stop and say hi to our new director.


TABOB Youth Reading Program

Young people in fifth to seventh grade are participating in the 7th annual Take a Bite Out of Books (TABOB) youth reading program. The group meets on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., in the Dickert Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library to discuss six books in preparation for The Battle of the Books, a Jeopardy-style competition against teams from other libraries on Saturday, June 30, at the Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh.

Youth Programs Coordinator Peggy Orman says, "The program is lots of fun, refreshments are served at each meeting, and prizes are given at the competition."

The six books, selected for their high-level interest, are "Gollywhopper Games" (Jody Feldman), "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town" (Kimberly Willis Holt), "The Nine Lives of Travis Keating" (Jill MacLean), "The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark" (Ridley Pearson), "Enchanted Glass" (Diana Wynne Jones), and "Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story" (Vicki Myron).


Library Lunch Programs

Library Lunch coordinator Caper Tissot reports that there is one more program in the spring series. At noon on Thursday, April 26, Michael Wilson will talk about "Bewildered: The Once and Future Gilded Age Great Camps."

Bring a lunch to the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room and enjoy a dessert and beverage provided by the Hospitality Committee.


Thursday Morning Story Hour

The story hour programs continue each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Eleanor B. Preis Children's Room. Thank you to recent reader Merle Smith and to a library patron for Easter pencils decorated with homemade bunnies to give to the children.


Tuesday Evening, Saturday Morning Story Hour

Terrie Perkins and Barbe Skiff will present Tuesday evening story hour at 5:30 p.m. on April 17 in the Children's Room. The next Saturday morning story hour will be at 10:30 a.m. May 5. This will be a special celebration of the Month of the Young Child and will take place in the Cantwell Community Room.


Have you seen?

An exhibit of works by Petrova Elementary School students will run through May 10. Art teacher Valerie Patterson is organizing the show for the 16th year.


Adirondack Research Room news

One of the most useful resources in the Adirondack Collection is the "Ephemeral Files," often referred to as the "Vertical Files." Housed in five file cabinets accessible to the researcher without restriction, the files include newspaper clippings, pamphlets, maps and pictures organized by 1,180 subject headings all related to the Adirondacks.


Student volunteers

Thank you to Sienna Daviau and Dana Holmlund, two very capable student volunteers. They have shelved books, organized books and dusted.


Acquisition highlights

Fiction: "The Thief" (Cussler), "Victims" (Kellerman), "Poison Flower" (Perry)

Nonfiction: "Reagan and Thatcher" (Aldous), "The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature" (Haskell), "The Louvre: All the Paintings" (Pomarde, editor)

Large print: "The Time in Between" (Duenas), "I've Got Your Number" (Kinsella), "Oath of Office" (Palmer)

Picture books: "Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm" (Harper), "Otis and the Tornado" (Long), "Frog and Fly" (Mack)

Juvenile fiction: "Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors" (Nimmo), "Missing! A Cat Called Buster" (Orr), "Embrace" (Shirvington)

CDs: "Kill Shot" (Flynn), "Poison Flower" (Perry), "The House I Loved" (Rosnay)

DVDs: "About Schmidt," "Guys & Dolls" and "The Thomas Crown Affair."



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