Check out a baking pan at the library

The Saranac Lake Free Library is viewed from the veranda of the newly reopened Hotel Saranac on Feb. 8. (Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

Writer’s Note: It has been a pleasure putting together the Library Notes for the SLFL since 1998. Working with the staff of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise has been a smooth and enriching experience. Brittany Proulx, news editor, has been a joy to work with for many years. I am retiring from the library, and Christy Fontana will be taking over the Library Notes. Pat Wiley

New items: Baking pans

Have you ever wanted to bake a cake for a special occasion, but didn’t want to invest in the pan for a single event? Here’s the solution. A collection of baking pans is now available at no cost through the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System (cefls.ent.sirsi.net). Search under the subject “Baking Pans” and make your selection. Dinosaur, spaceship and teddy bear pans are among the selections, along with specialty bread pans. All pans check out for two weeks. Call the SLFL library at 518 891-4190 for more information.

Winter Book Sale

The 29th annual Winter Book Sale was a great success realizing over $6700 for the library, and providing attendees with a variety of books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games at nominal prices, along with a delightful place to warm up between carnival events.

Gloria Drucker coordinated the 2018 event and served as treasurer; Joy Harvey was in charge of the special books; Karen Smith, Merle Smith & Jean Baltzly, mass market paperbacks; Donna Fulkerson & Marcia Gilbert, children’s, teen & young adult; Mary Abendroth, Don Morgan & Donna Fulkerson, day chairs; Holly Huber, cashiers; Merle Smith, window display.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to sort, set up, cashier and clean up the sale.

Book Sale Donations

Books are now being accepted any time the library is open until Saturday, July 7, for the summer Come to the Fair. Books should be in clean, saleable condition. We do not accept textbooks (published before 2009), outdated medical (before 2011), National Geographic hardcovers, Time/Life series, Reader’s Digest condensed books, paperback romance, computer software manuals, magazines, encyclopedias, VHS and cassette tapes, records, outdated calendars, or games and puzzles with missing pieces.

Library Luncheon Series

Library Luncheon coordinator Rosalie Fontana reports that at noon on Thursday, March 22, Joe Dadey and Jack Drury will present “Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, an Uncommon Trails and Lodging Experience.”

On April 5, Paul Gutman, volunteer with St. Eustace Medical Mission, will offer “Prescribing Prevention: Increasing Access to Clean Water in the Dominican Republic.” Bring your lunch and enjoy desserts and beverages provided by the Hospitality Committee.

Fiction Book Group

The Fiction Book Group, focusing on female mystery writers, will meet on Tuesday, April 3, at 2 p.m., to discuss “Mistress of the Art of Death” by Ariana Franklin.

Science Book Group

On Tuesday, March 13, at 2 p.m., the Science Book Group will discuss “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Noah Harari.

Race: The Power

of Illusion

The study group for those interested in exploring racism in America will meet Monday, March 12, at 2 p.m., to talk about “The Second Coming of the Ku Klux Klan” by Linda Gordon.

Current Events Cafe

Come to this group Monday mornings, March 12, 19 and 26, at 10:30 a.m. for good coffee and good conversation about local, national and world events.

Film Noir Series

“The Postman Always Rings Twice,” starring Lana Turner and John Garfield, will be shown free of charge on Tuesday, March 27, at 2 p.m.

Story Time Programs

Preschool Story Time is offered Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. Story Time will not be held during the school vacation, March 29 and April 5. Thank you to Hilde Hammond, Linda Grant and Merle Smith for recent programs.

Have you seen?

Margaret Worden is displaying books, photographs and memorabilia from the Adirondack Room Collection, Historic Saranac Lake and Trudeau Institute for World TB Day, March 24, in the William G. Distin Memorial Case.

Acquisition highlights

Fiction: “Act of Revenge” (D. Brown), “The Wife Between Us” (Hendricks), “The Woman in the Window” (Finn), “Night Moves” (Kellerman)

Nonfiction: “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” (Pink), “How Democracies Die” (Levitsky), “The New Geography of Jobs” (Moretti)

Large print: “The Take” (Reich), “Happiness Is a Choice You Make” (Leland), “Sisters Like Us” (Mallery)

Picture books: “I Am a Cat” (Bernstein), “Kate, Who Tamed the Wind” (Scanlon), “If I Had a Horse” (Marino)

CDs: “The Cuban Affair” (DeMille), “The Great Alone” (Hannah), “The Bomb Maker” (Perry).