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Library thanks community for 2010 support

January 5, 2011

The Board of Trustees thanks the community for all the support given this year. We appreciate financial support through the 2010 Membership Campaign, memorial donations and the Adopt-a-Book Program.

We are also very grateful for donations of time by our weekly upstairs and Adirondack Room volunteers. We thank those who assist with the winter and summer book sales, story hour, Summer Reading Program, TABOB and the Library Lunch Series.

We appreciate the efforts of student volunteers and those who helped with lawn and garden care, building and maintenance projects, art exhibits and displays, and many other aspects of the library.


Library Lunch Programs

Shamin Allen will present Holiday Music at noon on Thursday, Dec. 16 in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room. Bring a lunch and enjoy desserts and beverages provided by the library's Refreshments Committee.

The Lunch Series will resume on Jan. 6 with Heidi Kretser talking about "Wildlife Conservation Society's Military Partnership: Protecting Biodiversity in Iraq and Afghanistan by Reducing Demand for Wildlife Trade by the Military."


Story Hour

The Story Hour Holiday Party was held on Dec. 9. Merle Smith entertained with seasonal stories, followed by festive cookies donated by the Church Street Grand Union. Thank you to recent readers Heidi and Anders Pedersen. After a brief break, Thursday morning story hour will begin again on Jan. 20.

Tuesday evening and Saturday morning story hour will not be held in December, but will resume in January.


Have you seen?

The 25th annual Paint and Palette Art Association Winter Show continues through Jan. 5 in the Cantwell Community Room. Historic Saranac Lake is displaying memorabilia related to "Adirondack Winter at Work and Play," including photographs, a warming box, curling stones and driving gloves, in the William G. Distin Memorial Case.


Adirondack Research Room news

Curator Michele Tucker reports that "Footprints and Sunset on Adirondack Trails: The Memoirs of James Manchester Wardner 1831-1904" was recently donated to the Adirondack Collection. The book offers many interesting accounts of the history and development of the town of Brighton. There are many humorous stories about the characters who settled and lived there, including Paul Smith.

James was a true Adirondack pioneer, hunter, woodsman, adventurer, angler, guide, farmer, innkeeper, educator and civic leader. The book was preserved and presented by his son, Charles A. Wardner, grandfather to Joan Wardner Allen, who still lives in Rainbow Lake, and volunteers at the Saranac Lake Free Library.


Remembering Jeanne De Mattos

The library has lost a wonderful friend, Jeanne De Mattos, who passed away on Nov. 16. The library board held a celebration for Jeanne on May 12, 2006, recognizing more than 50 years of service, and a perpetual plaque was hung in the Community Room. The plaque reads: "This tablet is in honor of Jeanne De Mattos for her dedication to the Saranac Lake Free Library through her work as Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Membership and Publicity Committee Chair, Brown Bag Lunch founder and coordinator, Come to the Fair volunteer and for her innumerable contributions to the Saranac Lake community."


Frances L. Carpenter Foundation grant

The Board of Trustees thanks the Frances L. Carpenter Foundation for its grant to support large print and audiobooks. This grant allows us to provide these well-used resources to our senior and visually impaired patrons.


Acquisition highlights

Fiction: "Worth Dying For" (Child), "The Confession" (Grisham), "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" (Sedaris), "Safe Haven" (Sparks)

Nonfiction: "Freshwater Fish of the Northeast" (Patterson), "How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint" (Ahearn), "Five-Star Trails in the Adirondacks" (Starmer), "Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter" (Fraser)

Large print: "Edge" (Deaver), "Freedom" (Franzen), "A Christmas Odyssey" (Perry), "Dewey's Nine Lives" (Myron)

Picture books: "The Red Hen" (Emberly), "Miss Lina's Ballerinas" (MacCarone), "Mad at Mommy" (Sakai)

Juvenile Nonfiction: "Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures" (Johnson), "Lizards" (Bishop), "The Notorious Benedict Arnold" (Sheinkin)

CDs: "The Reversal" (Connelly), "By Order of the President" (Griffin), "Corduroy Mansions" (McCall Smith).



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