Winter Carnival Book Sale Feb. 9 to 11

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. (Photo provided)

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 hundreds of hardcover and paperback books, CDs, DVDs and jigsaw puzzles.

Many books for children, teens and young adults will be on sale. A large section of individually priced books will be found in the special books area, featuring Adirondack books and newer fiction and nonfiction.

Tickets can be purchased on “Adirondack Splendor,” a pieced, appliqued and hand-quilted wall hanging, donated by the Cabin Fever quilters. Tickets are $1 for one, and $5 for six tickets. The lucky ticket will be drawn at the conclusion of the Book Sale.

Book sale donations

ended Saturday

The library is no longer accepting donations for this book sale. Donations will be accepted again starting Monday, March 6.

Annual meeting Jan. 25

Library Board President Maureen Sayles announces that the annual meeting of the Saranac Lake Free Library will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Everyone is welcome to attend and members of the library may vote.

Along with the presentation of the 2017 budget and other reports, the meeting will include the election of two new Board of Trustees members. Refreshments will be served.

Library Lunch Programs

Rosalie Fontana, Library Luncheon Series coordinator, reports that at noon on Thursday, Jan. 19, Don Papson, historian, will offer “The North Star Underground Railroad Museum and Abolitionism in the Adirondacks.”

On Feb. 2 Greg Denin, attorney, will present “Estate Planning and Elder Law.” Bring a lunch and enjoy desserts and beverages provided by the Hospitality Committee.

Fiction Book Group

The Fiction Book Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, to discuss “Falling Angels” by Tracy Chevalier.

Science Book Group

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. the Science Book Group will discuss “I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life” by Ed Yong.

Great Films series

The 1949 film, “All the King’s Men,” with an Oscar-winning performance by Broderick Crawford, will be shown Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. in the Community Room.

Adult Coloring

Join the Adult Coloring Group on Monday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. to relax and create an object of beauty suitable for framing. If possible, bring supplies.

Story Time Programs

The Thursday 10:30 a.m. Story Time Programs continue in the Elinor B. Preis Children’s Room with a variety of readers presenting stories each week. Thank you to Merle Smith and Jackie Beattie for recent programs.

Adopt-a-Book Update

A special feature has been added to our Adopt-a-Book Program.

Typically, several children’s books are displayed on the front desk, waiting for adoption. The books become part of the library’s collection, with a book plate added in honor of or in memory of someone. While the $7 adoption fee does not cover the full cost of the book, it covers a substantial part.

A joint board and staff initiative has created a new feature that adds to the enjoyment of adopting. We will give you a charming postcard, which can be easily filled out and mailed to the adoptee or family or can be inserted in another card. The postcard has space to fill in the book title, author and date, and includes a colorful picture of children having fun.

Check out this postcard at the front desk.

Adirondack Research

Room news

Around 100 books and memorabilia items will be for sale at the 2017 Winter Carnival Book Sale. Calendars from 1985 to 1995, featuring vintage photographs from the Adirondack Collection, along with colored Ice Palace photographs from 1986 to 2002, will also be for sale.


The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Have you seen?

Board member Margret Worden has arranged an Adirondack Research Room collection of Winter Carnival trophies, programs, medals and photographs in the upstairs lobby display case, and more recent Carnival books, pins and programs in the Community Room case.

Acquisition highlights

Fiction: “Off the Grid” (Box), “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” (Connelly), “Turbo Twenty-Three” (Evanovich), “When All the Girls Have Gone” (Krentz)

Nonfiction: “Settle for More” (Kelly), “George Lucas: A Life” (Jones), “The Book of Joy” (Dalai Lama)

Large print: “Chaos” (Cornwell), “Ruler of the Night” (Morrell), “The Sleeping Beauty Killer” (Clark)

Juvenile fiction: “What Elephants Know” (Dinerstein), “Gertie’s Leap to Greatness” (Beasley), “Juana & Lucas” (Medina)

Picture books: “Paul and Antoinette” (Kerascoet), “PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year” (Loh-Hagan), “Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words” (Rocha)

CDs: “The Ranger” (Atkins), “Without Fail” (Child), “The Whole Town’s Talking” (Flagg)

DVDs: “Roots,” “Being Mortal” and “Selma.”


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