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May is Membership Month

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Who is a member?

If you have a library card you are a patron, which entitles you to all library services. You become a member when you fill out a membership form and make a contribution to the annual Member Campaign.

Why a membership campaign?

This is the time of year when you are asked to renew your library membership or become a member for the first time. The SLFL is a free association library, not a public library. Although taxpayer dollars fund both types of libraries, the Saranac Lake Free Library receives little funding from state and federal sources. The founders of the SLFL chose to create a free library to ensure its independent status. To counter the shortfall in state and federal funding, the SLFL turns to its community for its much-needed contributions.

Not all library users are members. Library patrons who become members through their contributions have the privilege and pleasure of knowing that they support the library in its role as a vital resource for information and enrichment in the community. As a member of the Saranac Lake Free Library Association, you are eligible for nomination as a library trustee and can vote at the annual meeting in January. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the library’s Member Campaign.

Book sale donations

The Saranac Lake Free Library will be accepting donations for the August “Come to the Fair” book sale ONLY during the months of May and June. We appreciate donations of recently published nonfiction, hardcover and paperback fiction, DVDs and audio CDs. Puzzles and board games in good condition are also welcome. We cannot accept outdated medical books, textbooks, magazines, VHS or cassette tapes. We are unable to sell those items.

Memorial Day weekend

The library will be closed Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Summer hours

The SLFL will be closing at 2pm on Saturdays from beginning June 1 and continuing that schedule through the Labor Day weekend.

Library Lunch Series

This program will begin again in the fall. We extend sincere thanks and our appreciation to Rosalie Fontana for coordinating this very popular and informative program.

Take a look

The display case in the lobby holds an interesting display of Adirondack books and memorabilia, courtesy of the Adirondack Research Room.

Adirondack Research Room news

Two useful tools available in the Adirondack Room are the Saranac Lake city directories and Saranac Lake phone books. Various years of the city directories are available from 1902 to 1967. They are very helpful for researchers seeking information about who previously lived in their home. Name, spouse’s name, occupation, place of employment, number of children, owner or renter, and phone number are included. Residents without phones are in the city directories. Telephone directories are also available for 1917 to the present, though these contain less personal information. Curator Michele Tucker explains that both directories can be searched on a database by name or address, making finding information quick and easy.

Current Events Cafe

On Mondays, May 13 and 20, and June 3 and 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, coffee and tea will be provided for those interested in engaging in congenial conversation about local, national and world events.

Study Group on Racism

On Monday, May 13, the book, “White Fragility, Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism” by Robin Diangelowill be the focus of the discussion. This group will meet in the Dickert Room at 2 pm.

Science Book Group

“BUZZ, the Nature and Necessity of Bees” by Thor Hanson will be reviewed on Tuesday, May 14 at 2 pm in the Dickert Room.

Great Films

“The Sting,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, will be shown on Tuesday, May 21 at 2 pm in the Cantwell Room.

Acquisition highlights

Fiction: “Storm of Locusts” (Roanhorse), “Run Away” (Coban), “Neon Prey” (Sandford), “Redemption” (Baldacci), “Metropolis” (Kerr), “Triple Jeopardy” (Perry), “The American Agent” (Winspear), “Little Darlings” (Golding), “The River” (Heller),

Nonfiction: “Truth in Our Times” (McCraw), “K, A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches” (Kepner), “Madame Fourcades’ Secret War” (Olson), “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” (Gottlieb), “Coders, The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World” (Thompson), “The Last Stone” (Bowden), “Kushner, Inc.” (Ward), “The Stony Road, Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow” (Gates).

Large print fiction: “The Last Sound” (Coulter), “Dark Tribute” (Johansen), “Her One Mistake” (Perks), “Wild Card” (Woods), “Milkman” (Burns), “The ‘A’ List” (Jance), “The Winter Sister” (Collins), “Lives Laid Away” (Jones).

Large print nonfiction: “”Deep Creek, Finding Hope in the High Country” (Houston), “Thunder in the Mountains< Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War” (Sharfstein), “Losing Earth, A Recent History” (Rich).

Juvenile fiction: “The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James” (Blake), “Orange for the Sunsets” (Athaide)

Easy Fiction: “Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast” (Gilmore), “The Mixed-up Truck” (Savage), “Your Favorite Seuss, Thirteen Best-Loved Stories” (Seuss), “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns” (Khan), “Olive and Pekoe” (Davis), “Bruno, the Standing Cat” (Robert).