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

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)

“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 adults, young adults and children — along with CDs, DVDs, baked goods, puzzles and games in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room of the SLFL, 109 Main St.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday, Aug. 8 to Thursday, Aug. 10. On the third day, books will be sold at half-price. A Big Bag Blowout Sale will be held Friday, Aug. 11, from 9 until noon with a bag of books selling for $5.

Some of the best bakers in town will provide delicious cookies, cakes, rolls, and more for our famous Bakery Cafe. Treats will be sold opening day until all items are gone.

Unique Boutique and Adirondack Crafts will feature vintage linens, dresser/boudoir boxes, small crystal pieces, scarves, evening/leather purses, giftware and costume jewelry.

North Country craft items will include quilts, needlework, knitwear, fine art and jewelry and home decor creations.

Adirondack books, art, recent fiction and nonfiction and coffee table books — select books in all categories — will be sold in the Special Books Section.

Fair coordinator Gloria Drucker will be assisted by area chairs and many volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering can leave contact information at the circulation desk.

Members Night

A special opening for those who have contributed to the 2017 Membership Campaign at the supporting $40 level or higher will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, as a thank-you for generous yearly support of the library.

Fair donations

We are no longer accepting books for this sale, in order to give the committee time to sort the books. Books will be accepted again in mid-September. We are not accepting white elephant items and toys. Jewelry, craft items, puzzles and games are being accepted anytime. Unique Boutique items may be brought in from 9 until noon, on Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5, and baked goods starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, opening day.

Celebrate 110 Years

Join the celebration of 110 years of the library on Thursday, July 27, at 12:30 p.m. Cake will be served in the main reading room to celebrate the library’s founding in 1907.

Summer Reading Program

The 23rd annual Mary MacIntyre Summer Reading Program, with its theme “Build a Better World,” continues two more Wednesdays, July 19 and 26, from 10 a.m. until noon. Youth Programs Coordinator Peggy Orman promises lots of fun at the library for children pre-K through fourth grade, with reading, crafts, snacks and more. The final day will include a parade through the library and an ice cream social courtesy of Stewart’s Shops. Children may attend any or all of the programs.

Loon Lake Live Family Fun Concerts

The library is hosting a series of short, classical chamber concerts performed by the world-class musicians of Loon Lake Live. The family-oriented concerts will take place in the Children’s Room Saturday mornings, July 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. The free concerts can be enjoyed by all ages.

Have you seen?

Enjoy a display of ducks, loons and turtles in the Esther T. Mirick Memorial Case in the Children’s Room, courtesy of Margaret Worden.

In appreciation

Thank you to everyone who has recently purchased a children’s book for the collection through our Adopt-a-Book Program. Books are displayed on the circulation desk and may be adopted for $7. While this does not cover the full cost of the book, it covers a substantial amount. A book plate can be placed in the book as a memorial or to honor someone. A card, suitable for mailing, is available to let an adoptee know about the donation. Forty-one books have been adopted in 2017.

Acquisition highlights

¯ Fiction: “Nighthawk” (Cussler), “The Switch” (Finder), “Camino Island” (Grisham), “Gwendy’s Button Box” (King)

¯ Nonfiction: “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” (Tyson), “Work Life: A Survival Guide to the Modern Office” (Erman) “Daring to Drive” (Sharif)

¯ Large print: “Jersey Brothers” (Freeman), “The Underground Railroad” (Whitehead), “Come Sundown” (Roberts)

¯ Young adult: “The Lines We Cross” (Abdel-Fattah), “A Face Like Glass” (Hardinge), “Crossing Ebenezer Creek” (Bolden)

¯ Juvenile fiction: “A Boy Called Bat” (Arnold), “The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart” (Burgis), “End of the Wild” (Helget)

¯ Picture books: “Ladybug Girl’s Day Out with Grandpa” (Soman), “I Got a New Friend” (Edwards), “I Wished for You: An Adoption Story” (Richmond)

¯ CDs: “Duplicity” (Hodge) and “From Sand & Ash” (Harmon).


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