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Vintage photos donated to Adirondack Research Room

Library Director Pete Benson reaches for a new book drawn by staff member Jenny Curtis. (Photo provided by the Saranac Lake Free Library)

Curator Michele Tucker reports that former resident Don Moreau recently donated an album of early High Peaks photographs. Many are of Saranac Lake in the 1920s.

“The photographs were mailed from Edmond, Oklahoma,” reports Tucker. “It’s wonderful when people are aware of the value of such materials, and take time to mail items of historic interest to archival collections.” Don Moreau’s mother was Jeanne Russell Moreau.

Visit the Adirondack Room to view these photographs which include Lower Saranac Lake, Lake Flower (including barrel jumping), Ampersand Bay, Bartlett Carry, Saranac Lake village in 1886, the Riverside Inn, the Carmelite Monastery, St. Bernard’s School, the interior of the second St. Bernard’s Church, the Trudeau Laboratory, a side view of the Trudeau house (now owned by Historic Saranac Lake) and cottages at Trudeau Sanatorium, along with many winter photographs.

Library Lunch Series

The very popular Library Lunch Series resumes at noon on Thursday, Nov. 7. Neil Surprenant will discuss “Scenes from Saranac Lake History — 1870 to 1970”. This lecture series is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring soup or a sandwich. Dessert and beverages will be served, compliments of the wonderful bakers on the Refreshment Committee.

Art show

The watercolors and alcohol inks by the artists of Cosmic Studios will be on display in the Cantwell Room through Oct. 26.

Current Events Cafe

The Cafe, where good coffee and tea accompany congenial conversation about local, national and world events will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the following Mondays: Oct. 7, 21 and 28 and Nov. 4.

Fiction Book Group

On Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. this group will gather in the Dickert Room to discuss “The Bonesetter’s Daughter” by Amy Tan.

Racism Study Group

The Racism Study Group will continue its review of David Blight’s book “Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom” at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.

Science Book Group

“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harahi will be explored by the Science Book Group on Tuesday, Oct. 22. They will meet in the Dickert Room at 2 p.m.

Great comedy

All are welcome for a free showing of “The Lavender Hill Mob” starring Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway and Sidney James. Come to the Cantwell Room at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Take a look

Some members of our local home-school families have filled the display case in the Children’s Room with a wonderful exhibit celebrating the season of autumn.

Recent acquisitions

Fiction: “Banshee” (DeWoshen), “The Bird Boys” (Sandlen), “Copperhead” (Zentner), “The Testaments” (Atwood), “Out of Darkness, Shining Light” (Gappah), “The Institute” (King), “Death in Focus” (Perry), “What Rose Forgot” (Barr)

Nonfiction: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Books” (Price), “The Burden, African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery” (Riley), “The Mosquito, A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator” (Winegard), “Eat Happy, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes for a Joyful Life” (Vocino), “Consent” (Freitas), “Talking To Strangers” (Gladwell), “The Big Thirst, the Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water” (Fishman), “Inconspicuous Consumption, the Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have” (Schlossberg)

Large Print Fiction: “Murder in Bel-Air” (Black), “The Body in Question” (Ciment), “Tidelands” (Gregory), “This Tender Land” (Krueger), “Dim Sum of All Fears” (Chien)

Large Print Nonfiction: “Influenza, The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadlient Disease in History” (Brown)

Juvenile Fiction: “The Downstairs Girl” (Lee), “The Merciful Crow” (Owen), “Marvin and James Save the Day” (Broach), “The Warning” (Patterson), “Diary of an Awesome, Friendly Kid” (Kinney)

Juvenile Nonfiction: “The Truth About Crocodiles” (Eaton), “A Sea Otter to the Rescue” (Feldman)

Young Adult Fiction: “Chilling Effect” (Valdes)

Easy Fiction: “The Rhythm of the Rain” (Baker-Smith), “Biggie Biggie!” (Willems)

Music CDs: “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” (Scott), “Live Traditions” (Inisheer)

DVDs: “House of Cards Trilogy”, “Haunted Histories Collection”