Thanks to all the volunteers

Library volunteer Karen Smith and Adirondack wildlife at the Winter Carnival Book Sale. (Provided photo)

Winter Carnival Book Sale

The Saranac Lake Free Library sincerely appreciates the many volunteers who made the book sale such a success.

Presidents Day holiday

The SLFL will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day.

Library Lunch Series

Fran Yardley will discuss her book, “Finding True North, A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks.” Feb. 20 at noon at the library. She will show historic slides and talk about her book, which chronicles the challenges and transformations of one of the world’s most beautiful places.

Current Events Cafe

On Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 10:30 a.m. until noon, this group will meet in the Dickert Room to enjoy coffee, tea and congenial conversation about local, state, national and world events.

Fiction Book Group

“Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize, will be discussed in the Dickert Room on Tuesday, March 3 at 2 p.m. Future meetings will also be discussed.

Science Book Group

On Feb. 18, there will be a discussion about Tatiana Schlossberg’s book, “Inconspicuous Consumption.” in the Dickert Room at 2 p.m. This book exposes and highlights “the environmental impact you don’t know you have.”

This group will meet again on Tuesday, March 17, at 2 p.m. in the Dickert Room. Future plans and directions for the group will be discussed at that time.

Racism Study Group

On Monday, March 9, this group will meet in the Dickert Room at 2 p.m. to discuss future plans for this group.

Wild Center

Discovery Pass

With an SLFL card you can check out a pass to the Wild Center for two days. The pass affords you a significant discount on admission. All checkouts are on a first come, first served basis, and only one pass can be checked out per family. A phone requested pass can only be held for 24 hours.

Have you seen?

Winter in the Adirondacks brings lots of snow, and Margaret Worden has brought an attractive and delightful display about snow to the SLFL lobby.

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Adirondack Room news

Curator Michele Tucker reports that there are many resources available in the Adirondack Room that can assist with finding the history of your house. Who were prior residents? Was your home used for TB curing? What physical changes have been made over the years? Resources that can help answer these questions are cards, Sanborn maps, Saranac Lake tax assessment records, and many books and photographs.

You can begin at home using the Northern New York Library Network’s website (http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/), which provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers. This may reveal names of former residents. You can also search the Historic Saranac Lake wiki (https://localwiki.org/hsl) and use Ancestry.com (available in the library) for census records.

“It’s fascinating,” said Tucker, “how one piece of information will lead to another. You might be lucky and find names of people who can be interviewed with first hand knowledge of your home. It’s an exciting search!”

Recent acquisitions

Fiction: “This Is Happiness” (Williams), “Lost” (Patterson), “The Peppermint Tea Chronicles” (McCall Smith), “The Siberian Dilemma” (Smith), “An Irish Country Family” (Taylor), “No Fixed Line” (Stabenow), “American Dirt” (Cummins), “A Single Thread” (Chevalier).

Nonfiction: “The Bastard Brigade” (Kean), “On Haiku” (Sato), “Comanche Empire” (Hamalaenen), “Moths” (Lees), “The Rise of Wolf 8” (McIntyre), “Bullets, Booze, Bootleggers and Beer, The Story of Prohibition in Northern New York” (Gooley), “Tightrope, Americans Reaching for Hope” (Kristof), “Your Income Tax 2020” (JK), “Our Better Angels” (Reckford).

Large print fiction: “Right After the Weather” (Anshaw), “The Vanishing” (Krentz), “Good Girls Lie” (Ellison), “The Poppy Wife” (Scott).

Young adult fiction: “All the Days Past, All the Days to Come” (Taylor), “The Last Witness” (McFall), “What I Carry” (Longo), “City of Stone and Silence” (Wexler).

Young adult nonfiction: “Saint Young Men” (Nakamura).

Juvenile fiction: “The Marrow Thieves” (Demaline), “Sunnyside Place” (Simon), “From the Desk of Zoe Washington” (Marks), “Lucky Caller” (Mills), “Dark and Deepest Red” (McLemore).

Juvenile nonfiction: “Snow Leopard, Ghost of the Mountains” (Anderson), “The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs” (America’s).

Easy fiction: “The Old Truck” (Pumphrey), “The Serious Goose” (Kimmel), “My Winter City” (Gladstone), “While Grandpa Naps” (Danis), “Aunt Pearl” (Kulling).

DVDs: “The Public,” “Two Lovers.”


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