Monday, February 24, 2014

Final Week of February

Here is what's happening this week at the SLFL: 

The Tooth Fairy is Coming! In order to raise awareness of National Children's Dental Health Month, Suzanne Snizek, the Saranac Lake Central School District's dental hygienist, will star as The Tooth Fairy this Thursday February 27. Be sure to stop by as Ms. Snizek will read stories and educate children on how to think about dental health.

Library Lunch Programs: Mr. Brian Mann will present "How the Prison Boom Changed the Adirondacks" this Thursday February 27 at noon in the Community Room. Desserts and refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Hospitality Committee.

Art Exhibition: Be sure to stop by the Community Room to marvel at the art exhibits on display, courtesy of the Paul Smith's College Art Club. For more information, please contact our gallery coordinator Jill Wenner,at jkwenner[at]gmail[dot]com. These exhibits will run until March 7, 2014.

For more information about these and any other events, please call us at (518) 891-4910

Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Club Meetings for This Week!

This week, the following book clubs will meet to discuss the works indicated. Click on the book covers for more detailed information in our catalog.

The Muslim Journeys: Connected Histories Reading Group will meet on Monday, February 24 to discuss Amitav Ghosh's book In an Antique Land.
Fiction Book Group Meeting: The Fiction Book Group will meet to discuss Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on Tuesday, February 25.

For more information about the meetings, or on how you can join these and other reading groups, please call us at (518) 891-4190.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Children's Story Time!

Bring your little ones to our weekly Thursday Story Time! We meet every Thursday at 10:30 am.

"Goings On" Next Tuesday at the SLFL

Hello again SLFL Friends!

Here is what's in store at the SLFL on Tuesday, February 18:

Science Book Group Meeting: The Science Book Group will gather together to discuss Oliver Sacks's Hallucinations. The meeting is at 2 pm.
Tuesday Evening Story Time: Join us this Tuesday (and every third Tuesday of each month) for our Tuesday Evening Story Time! Children of all ages are invited to enjoy stories about "Making Friends." The fun starts at 5:30 pm

For more information, please call us at (518) 891 – 4190.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Presidents' Day

The SLFL will be CLOSED on Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents' Day. We will resume normal operating hours the following day. For anyone who is interested in learning a little bit more about U.S. Presidents, we have these selections below and others on our shelves for your reading / learning pleasure. Stop by sometime this week before then to check out our selections.

(Click on any of the titles below for information and availablity in our library catalog)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Tourist in Your Own Town?

As some, if not many of our readers might know, I am living in Seoul, South Korea as an expat. I have been living here for almost 10 years now. In all that time, I have traveled to 15 countries, most of them in the Asia-Pacific region. Do you like to travel as well? There is nothing more exciting that planning and then traveling to an exotic destination you have been thinking about and saving all year round. One of the things I always make sure to do is to pack a Lonely Planet book for the country I will travel to.

Lonely Planet Guides are a series of books that are chock-full of information that you will need if you are traveling to a particular country. For almost every country that is open to tourism, there exists a Lonely Planet to help guide you. There are even Lonely Planet Books for provinces, regions, individual states and even large cities might have so much to do and see that they might merit their own Lonely Planet publication. There are also some foreign language phrasebooks they also publish, but that's another story. Some of the things covered are:

1.) What to eat
2.) What to see
3.) What to do
4.) What NOT to do
5.) Where to go
6.) How to get there
7.) Phones, e-mails, and websites for more information

If this blog post is about foreign travel, then what's up with the title? I'm getting there. It has been standard procedure for me every time I travel; in fact, my shelf has a lot of Lonely Planets I have accumulated over the years. In all my travels, I happened to meet this lady who is now my wife. Before that latter part happened though, my parents wanted to meet this lady. So, I prepared to travel back home to Southern California to have her meet my parents.

So, we end up traveling home temporarily for my parents to get to know my girlfriend whom I met overseas. Eventually, a very important question came up: what is there to do around here? It then hit me: I had no idea what to do. As far as I was concerned, my idea of fun was to visit friends, watch cable TV, talk, play video games and maybe go to the local burger place. When my wife (girlfriend at the time) asked me what there was to do for fun I instantly thought: okay, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, and so on. In other words, places that I had no reason to really visit much.

I bought a Lonely Planet Southwest USA book and I found plenty of things to do. For example, I have never actually explored Hollywood in my entire life, because I had no reason to go there, but with my special guest by my side, now I had a reason to. But as I finally went there, I was alongside throngs of foreign tourists from Italy, Germany, Japan, and many others. I felt a bit sheepish, because everything there was new and exciting to me as it was to them, the only difference was that this was MY hometown area, yet here I was—a rookie tourist in my own hometown. To make a long story short, I had a very memorable time—in my own neck of the woods as a “newbie” tourist.

In sum, when you think you know your area very well, ask yourself: do you? I highly recommend giving yourself a chance to really take a break from the everyday stresses of life as soon as you get the chance. If you don’t have a whole lot of time or money to escape to a faraway exotic destination, give your neck of the woods a chance; you never know what ‘brand-new’ things have been right under your nose all these years. Stop by the library and take a look at the Lonely Planet books on the shelves for ideas.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Story Time on Thursdays!

Don't forget to join us every Thursday at the SLFL for Story Time at 10:30 am!