Board launches year-end campaign

Library celebrates 110th birthday! In 1907 a group of dedicated Saranac Lake citizens formed a library association, obtained the charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York, and proceeded to raise funds to build the library. This sketch from the July 29, 1909, Adirondack Daily Enterprise showed the plan for the new library which was completed in 1910. (Sketch courtesy of the Adirondack Research Room, Saranac Lake Free Library)

2017 Campaign

In a recent letter to the community, Brian O’Connor, board president, wrote, “As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank you for supporting the Saranac Lake Free Library. The library relies on the generosity of our community supporters.

“But we still need your help! Today we are launching our 2017 Year-End Campaign with a goal of building our endowment and creating funds for an anticipated 2018 matching New York State Construction Grant which will focus on improving the children’s area.

“Your ongoing support with a donation this holiday season will ensure that we can continue to provide such a wide range of valuable services to our community in the upcoming year.”

Thank you to committee members and volunteers who assisted with the campaign.

Library Luncheon Series

These free programs are offered at noon every other Thursday in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room. Everyone is invited to bring a lunch and enjoy homemade desserts and beverages provided by the Hospitality Committee. On Nov. 16 Brittany Christenson, executive director of ADK Action, will present “Saying ‘YES!’ to Important Projects in the Adirondacks.”

Caroline Hambley, foreign language teacher, Lake Placid Elementary, will offer “Four Countries, Five Months: Discovering the Joys of Hispanic Culture” on Nov. 30.

Current Events Cafe

Come to this group Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for good coffee and good conversation about local, national and world events.

Science Book Group

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. the Science Book Group will discuss “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize.

Fiction Book Group

The Fiction Book Group, focusing on dystopian fiction, will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. to discuss “The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth.

‘Race: The Power

of Illusion’

The study group for those interested in exploring racism in America will meet Monday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. to discuss “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson.

Film Noir Series

“The Maltese Falcon,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre, directed by John Huston, based on the book by Dashiell Hammett, will be shown Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m.

Story Time Programs

Thank you to Hilde Hammond and Linda Grant for recent programs. Join the fun each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Elinor B. Preis Children’s Room.

Have you seen?

Children’s room fall/Thanksgiving book display is by Kay Best, while the display case is courtesy of Margaret Worden.

Adirondack Research

Room news

Curator Michele Tucker reports that an important resource for researchers and family members available in the Adirondack Research Room is the Obituary Index. This index references obituaries of people connected to Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and the surrounding communities, and sends you to the source. While the New York State Historic Newspapers Project includes Adirondack Daily Enterprise Obituaries from 1953–2007, with a few scattered issues between 1895–1952, the ARR Obituary Index is completely up-to-date and includes obituary listings for scrapbooks and other resources, unavailable anywhere else. Women are listed by their married and maiden names.


The library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving Day.

Acquisition highlights

Fiction: “Origin” (Brown), “Don’t Let Go” (Coben), “Five-Carat Soul” (McBride)

Nonfiction: “Why Buddhism Is True” (Wright), “Martin Luther” (Metaxas), “Grant” (Chernow)

Large print: “Enigma” (Coulter), “Manhattan Beach” (Egan), “The Cuban Affair” (DeMille)

Juvenile fiction: “Wishtree” (Applegate), “Rise of the Jumbies” (Baptiste), “Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage” (Pullman)

Picture books: “Windows” (Denos), “Vincent Can’t Sleep” (Rosenstock), “Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear?” (Wolff)

CDs: “Y Is for Yesterday” (Grafton), “Paris in the Present Tense” (Helprin), “Dragon Teeth” (Crichton), “Glass Houses” (Penny)

DVDs: “The Music Man” and “The Vietnam War.”


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