Library Notes


Saranac Lake Free Library Notes

by Christy Fontana 

Library Lunch Series

    On Thursday, January 3, Suzanne Weirich and Helene Gibbens will present a program entitled, “Healing Anxiety and Stress through Nature Practices.”  This sounds like a wonderful way to start the new year.  The program begins at noon in the Cantwell Community Room.  There is no entrance fee; desserts and beverages are provided by the Hospitality Committee.

Story Time Program

   Preschool story time for caregivers and preschoolers is offered on Thursday mornings at 10:30.  Story time will meet again on January 3, 2019.

Current Events Café

   Everyone is welcome at the Current Events Café to participate in congenial conversation about local, national and world events. This group will meet every Monday this month from 10:30 to noon.  Coffee and tea are available.

Have You Seen

   The display case in the children’s room holds a delightful Christmas village scene.  Thank you, Margaret Worden, for this and the many things you do to enhance the library.

Adirondack Research Room

   Curator Michele Tucker reports that a copy of the much-anticipated new book, “The Adirondack Guideboat: Its Origin, Its Builders, and Their Boats” is now available in the Adirondack Room.  Stephen B. Sulavik wrote the book with revisions and additions by Edward Comstock, Jr. and Christopher H. Woodward.  Published by Bauhan Publishing and Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, the book is the definitive source on guideboats. 

  “The Adirondack Guideboat” includes a glossary of guideboat terms, the history of guideboats, and numerous color illustrations and photographs. Six photographs are from the Adirondack Room Collection. Section 2 tells about the 56 known builders of Adirondack guideboats, from 1852 to the present, with characteristics of their boats.

   The book was the life’s work of  Sulavik, a pulmonary surgeon who died before the book was completed.  Former chairman of the Adirondack Museum, Robert Worth brought the book to publication with the help of historian Comstock and guideboat builder Woodward.

Red Cross Blood Drive

   The SLFL is hosting another Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 18, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

 Fiction Book Group

   James Baldwin’s “Go Tell It on the Mountain” will be discussed by this group on Tuesday, January 8, at 2 p.m. in the Dickert Room.

 Science Book Group

   This meeting has been postponed until December 18.  “What the Eyes Don’t See, A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City” by Mona Hannah-Attisha will be discussed.  They convene in the Dickert Room at 2 p.m.


Fiction:  “Kingdomn of the Blind” (Penny), “Unsheltered” (Kingsolver), “Past Tense” (Child), “Dark Sacred Night” (Connelly), “The Colors of All the Cattle” (McCall Smith), “Shell Game” (Paretsky), “The Noel Stranger” (Evans), “Elevation” (King), “Empire of Sand” (Suri),”Fire and Blood” (Martin).

Nonfiction: ”Braiding Sweetgrass” (Kimmerer), “Making Time for Making Music” (Nathan), “Presidents of War” (Beschloss), “In the Hurricane’s Eye” (Philbreck), “On Desperate Ground” (Sides).

Large Print: “A Brutal Telling” (Penny), “My Antonia” (Cather), “A Girl’s Guide to Missles” (Piper), “Somebody’s Daughter” (Bell), “Fall of Angels” (Cleverly), “The Library Book” (Orlean),

Juvenile Fiction:  “Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair” (Messner), “My Father’s Words” (MacLachlan), “Winnie’s Great War” (Mattick).

Juvenile Nonfiction:  “The Elephant” (Desmond).

Easy Picture Books: “The Boy Who Went to Mars” (James), “Today I Will Fly” (Willems), “I Lost My Tooth” (Willems) “Families, Families, Families” (Lang).

Young Adult Fiction:  “Graceling” (Cashore).


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Address: Saranac Lake Free Library
109 Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Phone: (518) 891-4190

Hours of Service

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Hours:

September - May: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Memorial Day - Labor Day: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are closed for the following holidays:

New Year's Day, MLK Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day Weekend, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day