Trailblazer Summer 2000

The Newsletter of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System
Summer 2000, Volume 2, Issue 2
In This issue:  

Annual Luncheon Meeting
Summer Member Library News
Out and About
Free Books on Cancer
CEF Website: Tell Us What You Think!
Book Clubs - Sign Up Today!
Automation: What do they have that we don't have?
Feature Library: Elizabethtown Library Association
Photos and Pictures
Voces Intimae Programs Offered
What's Hot, What's Not?
NYSLAA's 22nd Annual Conference
News to Note
Central Library News
Free Bookmarks

This issue is full of member library news. While you are out and about this summer, be sure to sample some of the many activities that will be held at member libraries. From Westport's Shakespeare in the Park and Upper Jay's “white elephants” to book sale bargains at various locations, there is something for everyone! 

Annual Luncheon Meeting Set For July 12 in Saranac Lake 

The CEF Library System's annual luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 12 at the Hotel Saranac (101 Main St.) in Saranac Lake. This year, Roy Hurd, the Adirondacks' favorite singer-songwriter, will join us for a program of songs and stories that have been compared to "a breath of fresh air."  For the past ten years, Roy has held a staff song-writing position in Nashville, and has written songs for two of the largest music publishing companies in the world. His work spans a wide range of ideas and feelings. Songs such as Adirondack Blue and Woodland Road were inspired by the mountains Roy calls home and have become “modern day Adirondack anthems.” His recordings to date, which will be available the day of the luncheon, include Poncho (1985), Night Visit (1989), The Back Woods at Daybreak (1989), Forever Wild (1996) and Mountain Thunder (1999). Please join us on July 12th to celebrate the accomplishments of the Library System and member libraries with friends and good food. To make reservations for the luncheon, call Penny Cowan at CEF (563-5190 x 10) on or before Friday, July 7. 

Out & About This Summer 

Wednesday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m. CEF Annual Meeting Luncheon featuring singer-songwriter Roy Hurd. Hotel Saranac, Saranac Lake. Call Penny Cowan at 563-5190 by July 7 for reservations.

Wednesday, July 12, at 1:00 p.m. Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay “Tea & Talk” - The Buzz About Bees with Paul Johnson 

Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. An evening with Adirondack Storyteller Bill Smith will be hosted by the Paine Memorial Library, Willsboro. 

Friday, July 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Plattsburgh Public Library Summer Book Sale 

Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. Plattsburgh Public Library Summer Book Sale 

Friday, July 21 - 22, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Book and Antique Sale at the Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay 

Friday, July 21 Elizabethtown Farmers' Market Book Day Featuring the bookmobile and local authors 

Thursday, July 27, at 7:00 pm Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler 

Saturday, July 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Paine Memorial Library's famous OLD TIME FOLK CRAFT FAIR will be held at the Soccer Field on Point Road. 

Tuesday, August 1 from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 2 from 10:00am - 3:00pm “Come to the Fair” Summer Book Sale at the Saranac Lake Free Library 

Wednesday, August 9, 1:00 pm “Tea & Talk“ - Memories of World War II 

Wednesday, August 23, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay Peter Elmendorf's Antiques Appraisal 

Free Books on Cancer 

Shortly after Richard Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, Inc., was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he and his wife Annette wrote the inspirational story of their battle with this disease. Later, the pair wrote Fighting Cancer (1985, rev. 1999, 268 pp.), a step-by-step guide for cancer patients and Guide for Cancer Supporters (1992, rev. 1999, 166 pp.) which provides practical advice for friends and relatives of people with cancer. Single copies of both titles are available at no charge from the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, 4400 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111; telephone (800) 433-0464; e-mail The complete text of the books, as well as lots of other useful information can be found on the Foundation's web site at --From Disability Resources Monthly, June 2000 


In Clinton County: 

Plattsburgh Public Library 

The Plattsburgh Public Library's Summer Book Sale will be held on Friday, July 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A special preview sale, which is not open to the public, will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Although the preview sale is open to the Friends of the Library only, memberships will be sold that night if anyone wishes to join. There will be a photography exhibit held from July 8 to August 28 in the Library's Hale-Walter Art Gallery. Cash prizes for this juried contest will be awarded to first, second and third place winners during a reception on July 13 at 5:00 p.m. For information call Helen Ianelli 561-1584. 

Chazy Public Library 

A lovely new Micron computer was recently donated to the library by the children of Sara McCullough Lehmann. This was a wonderful gift and is much appreciated. Now I am struggling to learn to use Windows 98 with much help from Betsy Brooks! -- Frances Fairchild, Director 

Mooers Free Library 

The Mooers Library is moving headlong into the electronic age and our computer has become an important part of the library's daily functions. More and more patrons getting on-line to do research on the Internet. A summer reading program is scheduled to begin on July 8 and will run for six weeks. Local Girl Scouts will be helping out with the program by reading with younger children. A pizza party will be held at the end of the program in August. We are excited about collaborating with CEF and Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County on an Adult Literacy project. This grant program will fund a tutor training workshop series which will be held at the library. This summer, we are fortunate to have a JTPA student working at the library with training provided by director Edie Morelock. This is a great opportunity for a student between the ages of 14 and 19 to learn more about the library's function in the community and to see what needs to be done in a rural but busy library. Our Saturday morning story hour has been very well received and children love the activities provided. To date, we have enjoyed a picnic and a visit with some lambs. Story hours will continue in the fall. Next on our “to do” list is a reading club which will feature group activities and special trips. Please visit the Mooers Library and see the changes we have made. I love input as to how to change all aspects of our service. -- Edie Morelock, Director 

In Essex County: 

Belden Noble Memorial Library, Essex 

We have had a busy spring with a program of events that will continue throughout the summer. Board of Trustees member Norma Goff applied for and received a CAP grant from the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks. Under this project we sponsored the “Bridging the Centuries” program series that celebrates the turning of the century. To date, we have had workshops on braided rug making and basket weaving. A six session basic computer course was also offered in the lab of our local school. These workshops have been fun and enlightening. As part of this series, we will hear about quilt making at the Cupola House Gallery and take a tour of the exhibits on July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Author Morris Glenn and Town Historian Shirley LaForest will talk about the history of Essex on August 2 at 7:30 p.m. On August 30 at 7:30 p.m. we will sponsor a program on weaving. The talented people who are participating in these various programs are all from Essex! Apart from the wonderful “Bridging the Centuries” program, the library will exhibit the work of Adirondack Council photographer Gary Randorf from July 5-12. The exhibit will be highlighted by a talk on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Our library will host receptions following one or two of the organ concerts which will take place in the Essex Community Church during the summer. If you are a fan of pipe music, don't miss the Northumbrian Pipers' Convention on August 19-21. It will be complete with pipers and dancers from North America and Europe. Workshops will be held in locations throughout the village including the library. This should be an interesting experience for our small village. We have a busy summer ahead - please come and visit! --Karen and Frank East 

Elizabethtown Library Association 

The library will hold its Annual Book Sale on Friday, August 4 from 9:00 a..m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 5 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the UCC Parish Hall, Elizabethtown. --Susan Hughes, Director 

It has been suggested that we do an article entitled “What Librarians do in Their Spare Time” in an upcoming Trailblazer issue. Elizabethtown Library Association Director Susan Hughes would surely get top billing for her many musical accomplishments and activities. This summer, you can catch Susan at these community events: Thursday, July 6; 11:30 a.m. at the Essex Community Church; Susan Hughes, soprano and Richard Close, baritone, in concert. Admission is free. Thursday, July 27; 11:30 a.m. at the Essex Community Church; Swing Singers in concert (with Susan Hughes, soprano). Admission is free. Susan will also be featured in the role of Maria in the Essex County Theatre Company's production of The Sound Of Music at the Masonic Lodge in Essex. Performance dates are: July 19, 21, 23, 27 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.00. --ed. 

Black Watch Memorial Public Library, Ticonderoga 

The library will hold a six-week long summer program for children in grades K-2 run by Tracy Price. There will be story hour, craft projects, and refreshments once a week. A similar program will also be offered for children in grades 3-5. The library's annual Used Book Sale will be held on July 15. All proceeds will benefit the building fund. --Maureen Johns, Director 

In Franklin County 

Chateaugay Memorial Library 

On Saturday, June 3, the artistic creations (paintings and drawings) of 10th grade art students were displayed at the Chateaugay Town Hall and Library. Books inspired the students' artwork. Under the Tutelage of Arts Instructor Thomas Collins, students read a book and then depicted a scene or character. Featured artists were: Ben Misner (Star Wars, Shadow of the Empire); Robert Oliver (Huckleberry Finn); Jennifer Murzin (Merlin) Courteny King (another scene from Merlin); Dorothy Lamb (The Last Unicorn); Melissa Bigness (Rosie); B.J. McCann (Mr. Crowley) and Hallie Faye Hanover who has painted six renditions (a work in progress) of scenes from the Book of Revelations, Chapters 1-22, King James Version. The public was invited to come to the view this display which was sponsored by the Chateaugay Revitalization Committee and Coordinated by Tom Collins, Mary Rankin, Chair of the Theater Committee, and Jeanette Hotchkiss, Library Director.  --Jeanette Hotchkiss, Director

Saranac Lake Free Library 

A perpetual plaque naming the first members of the Saranac Lake Free Library Honor Roll was unveiled during a Volunteers Reception on May 12. The plaque honors volunteers who have contributed 15 or more years of service to the library. Library Director Betsy Whitefield enumerated the many contributions of each volunteers during the ceremony. Volunteers listed on the inaugural plaque are: Patricia Bentz, Colonel Harold Bentz, Elise Chapin, Janet Decker, Jeanne DeMattos,Marge McLaughlin, Barbara Parnass, Barbara Skerritt and Anne Tubby. Nearly 70 volunteers attended the reception. All were thanked for their special contribution to the library, including Adirondack Room and upstairs weekly volunteers, those who assist with adult and children's programming, book sales, and all other aspects of the library. Mel Levine, who retired from the NC3R's Board in May, was presented with a certificate in recognition of his contributions to that group as well as his services as Library Board Vice President, and for helping move the library into the electronic age. “Discover 2000” will be the theme of our summer reading program. Our dedicated program leaders are working on some discoveries with hands-on activities, lots of books and refreshments. Plans also include several special guests. As usual, we will feature different age groups: preschool, first and second graders, and third and fourth graders. We will meet in the Cantwell Community Room of the library on Wednesday, July 5, 12, 19 and 23 from 10:15 until noon. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and discovering some new ones this summer. Children are welcome to come for any or all weeks. There is no charge, but sign up is required. The Library's Community Art Show schedule for summer 2000 will feature work by Stephen Blendowski, Ralph Etienne and Edith Urban from June 19 - July 22. From August 8 to September 7 art by Carol Vossler and Nadia Korths will be exhibited. Community shows are open to all year-round and seasonal residents of the greater Saranac Lake community. 

Akwesasne Library 

May 10th was a wonderful day; Bill Smith brought his storytelling and songs to our area. Bill and his wife, Sally, arrived at the Akwesasne Library, then traveled to Cornwall Island to the Tsiionwanonhsoiti Adult Care facility for a special Mother's Day luncheon before his performance. During lunch, we learned that on one of Bill's visits to the area, a basket maker had given him a Mohawk name which meant “the man who makes baskets bottom side up.” There were about 40 people in attendance. Besides those making their home at Tsiionkwanohosti, some were bused in from Iakhihsohta Home For the Elderly. There was laughter as Bill told his songs and stories, accompanied by hand clapping and toe tapping. The program was made possible through the courtesy of the CEF Library System and the efforts of the Akwesasne Library. --from the Akwesasne Library and Cultural Center Newsletter 

Goff Nelson Memorial Library, Tupper Lake 

We are enjoying our “new” library facilities, with our beautiful children's room, computer room, new rug and the spacious main floor. It is fun to see the surprise and delight on the faces of our summer patrons as they see our improvements for the first time. Our children's Reading Program will start in mid-July and continue for six weeks. It is a fun program, with awards and prizes, and is well attended by local children as well as our young summer visitors. Our annual Art Show will be held from July 16th through the 23rd. The hours, for those planning to attend this outstanding show, are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. August brings a wonderful showing of the Art of the late Ray Jackman. Mr. Jackman painted beautiful Adirondack scenery and wildlife, and his works are awe-inspiring. The dates for this August showing are not yet set. Anyone interested in attending may contact the library a little later this summer. L.P. Quinn, our elementary school, is undergoing a huge construction project this summer, and therefore our community room will be used for their summer school program. We expect to see more children using the library, taking out books and using our computers, as their teachers send them upstairs for research. For the many of you who have asked, the quilt show by the Raquette River Quilters will not be held this year. This biennial event will be set up at the library next summer. We hope you all have a busy and productive summer - with lots of good weather and good reading. --Chalice Dechene, Director 

CEF Website: Tell Us What You Think! 

Design of our website is underway, and it's time for some input from you! We're looking for some volunteers to come to CEF and examine, critique and discuss our website prototype on a Monday morning in July. We'll do show and tell, and then serve goodies while we listen to your comments and suggestions. This website is for you and your patrons, and we hope you'll use it often, and contribute to it. We're planning a Monday morning get-together on July 31 at 10a.m. RSVP by email to, or by phone to Betsy Brooks, 563-5190 x35. 


Book clubs are quite the trend these days so it's no surprise that the Internet plays host to a wide variety of clubs. There are different types: clubs like Oprah's Book Club (probably the most widely known) and clubs like “Sally's Book Club,” which discusses in detail how difficult it is to join due to the exclusivity of the club. Both types have much to offer and help to popularize reading and book discussion. Here are a few easily accessed clubs: 

Oprah's Book Club ( ): Although Oprah is known for choosing incredibly depressing books, the caliber of writing in her selections is consistently good. Oprah offers discussion of a single book at a time but there are reading lists (including “Oprah's Favorite Books”). 

The Washington Post Book Club ( ): Sponsored by, this new site offers discussions with authors, a monthly editor's choice with a reader's guide (to “start you thinking”) and a literary calendar of special events. 

The History Book Club ( ): There is a big push to join here but a good annotated list of books is included. Reviews, excerpts and biographies of authors are also posted. 

The Romance Reader ( ): This is a great site for fans of the romance genre. This is of the more enthusiastic sites - lots of exclamation marks make it all seem exciting. It's also more comprehensive than most, boasting that it offers “3,000 candid reviews of current romantic fiction.” That alone should supply us with a summer's worth of reading. 

The Mystery Reader ( ): The sister site to The Romance Reader, this site is organized in much the same way. Both have an editor and are presumably supported by advertising. A Small Press column highlighting lesser-known publishers notices of writers workshops and of course the latest mysteries are included. 

The Village Voice Literary Supplement ( ): This site has the distinction of offering a bestseller list from independent book stores. Its eclectic selection includes poetry and quality books by lesser-known authors. 

This is a small sampling of the incredible amount of information to be found on the Internet on books, authors, publishing and reading. Most of these sites lead to similar sites. There's no excuse for the old “I can't find anything to read” anymore. Surf these sites for some great summer reading tips. --Elizabeth Rogers Head of Interlibrary Loan 

Automation: What do they have that we don't have? 

I recently spent most of a morning looking at various libraries' websites and web catalogs. It used to be difficult to see what people were up to, but no longer! I looked at library systems around the state and found out what I knew already - they've got a lot that we don't have. Yet. 

On the other hand, it's amazing how much progress libraries in Clinton, Essex and Franklin County libraries have made in a very short time. Only a few years ago, we had only Apple IIe's. Most of our libraries now have Pentium computers. Last summer, twenty three of our libraries had Internet access, now the number has risen to twenty six. In 1996, only eight libraries in our system were designated as “Electronic Doorway Libraries” by the state, while in 2000, under stricter standards, twenty five of our thirty libraries will be recognized. Library directors who were once wary of technology have attended workshops and taught themselves many of the skills needed to work with computers and to help patrons. Circulation has been automated at CEF, Plattsburgh and Saranac Lake, with Malone and Akwesasne to follow soon. 

The greatest benefits have been achieved through the hard work of library and system staff in ensuring that all of the resources purchased by any library become visible to all in Norpac and Icepac, and that these resources are also part of our multiLIS automated system at CEF headquarters. All of these activities have laid the groundwork for the next stage in our evolution: putting our resources on the Internet for everyone to see. 

So - what do other systems have that we don't have? And when will we get it?

 - A web page: A system web page that showcases member libraries is being designed now and should be ready by the end of the summer.

 - A web catalog: An online web catalog of the combined holdings of our system should be available within the next year. In libraries with automated circulation, the catalog will show the availability of an item. In libraries that are not automated, it will show ownership. The web catalog will be an improvement on IcePac for showing up-to-the-minute information on our own library system's resources. All of our libraries will have access to the catalog over the Internet, and our patrons will be able to use it from home.

 - Patron convenience features, or the ability for patrons to check their “accounts” and renew and place holds online: This feature is still out of reach, but may be available to us within five years 

 - A majority of member libraries with automated circulation and fully converted collections: We hope this will happen in the next five or ten years, depending on member library interest and affordability.

 - Affordable and fast telecommunications for Internet access: I'm an optimist, but I predict this will also happen in five to ten years in most areas of our system. Look for your cable company to start offering a fast connection to the library for free, if they haven't already. 

I sometimes lament the fact that we're technologically behind other areas of the state, but we have some challenges other areas don't face. One big one is the low population density: small population, large land area. Libraries don't have the financial support here that downstate libraries enjoy. People can't as easily travel to a local library to use its resources. Technology that makes our collections accessible to more remote users should help build the support we all need. --Betsy Brooks, Automation Librarian 

Feature Library: Elizabethtown Library Association 

“The early settler in Essex County first built a home and a barn. Then, like his forebears in New England, with his neighbors he erected a church and not long after a school. The New England pattern persisted. With that love of learning and the high value placed upon the exercise of the mind, in almost every populous community a group of men and women then acted to establish a library.” 

In 1882 in Elizabethtown, twelve citizens of the town met and agreed to form a free lending library. They contributed one dollar each, and from their own shelves at home donated 280 volumes. The library received its charter from the state in 1884, and later that year, a building was erected in its present location, on the banks of the Boquet River, at a cost of $750. By 1909 the inventory of books had so increased that the Board of Trustees decided to construct an addition, bringing the library to its current size. In 1953, the Library joined the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, thus offering its patrons access “to almost any book that is published.” 

The Elizabethtown Library Association has worked hard to stay current with the changing role of libraries within our community. In addition to its growing numbers of fiction and nonfiction for adults and youth and many periodicals, the library also has a large collection of videos and audio books that can be borrowed. This year, the library has begun building a large print collection for its readers. Public Internet access, fax and copy services, and job search information is also available. Other services to the community include workshops for children, musical events, and the annual Book Sale, held in the UCC Parish Hall on Court Street. This year's sale will be held on Friday, August 4th from 9am to 2pm, and Saturday, August 5th from 9am - 12 noon. One morning a week, the library is still filled with the young voices of children coming to Story Hour, so beginning a new generation of citizens who will enjoy the opportunities and dreams offered here on the banks of the river. --Susan Hughes, Director

Photos and Pictures

50 Years of Librarians - This photo was taken recently in celebration of nearly 50 years of librarians serving the community of Elizabethtown.  Pictured here are Vesta Stearn (Librarian from 1952-1962); Sylvia Kurtenbach (1962-1986), Mary Lou Grinwis (1986-1998), and Susan Huges, the current director, who assumed the responsibilities in 1998.  All three past librarians are still active patrons and members of the community. (photo by Alvin Reiner)

The Elizabethtown Library Association, as rendered by Elizabeth Boyle

Roseanne Simanavage, Director of the Hammond Library, Crown Point and Post Mistress Sandy Ross display envelopes with a special library cancellation. On May 29, Crown Point was a second day issue site for the Library of Congress Bicentennial Commemorative postage stamp. The Hamond Library's special edition will be displayed at the Library of Congress. 

The bookmobile wows the crowd in the Keeseville Field Day parade on Sunday, June 18. Jody Gibbons and Betsy Finnegan are aboard. 



Voces Intimae, the latest creation of early music expert Oliver Brookes, is available to present concerts in area libraries from August 14 through September 4. Brookes, most recently part of the Roundelay Duo that wowed capacity audiences at five libraries in Fall 1999, will perform his exciting solo repertoire on period instruments. Suggested offerings include work by Mozart, Faure, and Debussy. He may be joined by special guest Alison Gordon on the spinet and harpsichord (both of are guaranteed to fit in your library!) For more information, or to schedule a presentation that is guaranteed to please all ages, contact Julie Wever at 563-5190 x 18. We are able to sponsor five programs at no cost to host libraries. Bookings will be made on a “first call, first served” basis, so call early to avoid disappointment. 

What's Hot? - What's Not? 

In Saranac Lake: 

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier 

A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee 

Basilica by William Montalbano 

In Keeseville: (this commentary was made by Ann Garcia who was riding a wave of enthusiasm after learning that her library qualifies to receive four Gates grant computers!) 

David Balducci - “Once patrons read one, they want them all.” 

Nelson DeMille- “He has finally come into his own. The Lion's Game is popular.” 

Jan Karon - “The Mitford series is slowing down, but some patrons are waiting for the sixth installment.” 

Nora Roberts - “hot” 

Danielle Steele - “in a slump” 

John Sandford - “still a hottie!” 

Philip Pullman - “The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife are similar to the Harry Potter books and are enjoyed by all ages.” 

In Schroon Lake: 

Nelson DeMille - The Lion's Game 

Jonathan Kellerman - Monster 

Oprah list books are in demand 

At the Waverly Reading Center: 

Robert Parker - Hugger Mugger 

John Grisham - Testament

JA Jance - Kiss of the Bees 

The new Antique Roadshow book 

Scott Turow - Personal Injuries 

Stuart Woods - The Run: A Novel 

On the Bookmobile: 

Sandra Brown - Standoff 

Nicholas Sparks - A Walk to Remember 

Jeffrey Deaver - Cradle and All 

Maria Shriver - Ten Things I Wish I Knew 

Robert Morgan - Gap Creek 

At the Akwesasne Library: 

Maria Shriver - Ten Things I Wish I Knew 

McNaughton Plan books - Carol White says, “ this plan is a great way to keep up with new books and promote authors that are less well known. Plus, “if they don't move in six months, they're out of here!” 

NYSLAA's 22nd Annual Conference 

From June 14-16, Jody Gibbons, Sarah Matis (from Plattsburgh Public Library) and I had the pleasure of attending NYSLAA's 22nd Annual Conference, “Library Assistants - Celebrating Ourselves!” which was held in beautiful downtown Rochester. For those of you who are unfamiliar with NYSLAA, it is the New York State Library Assistants' Association, created by library assistants for library assistants. 

Although I have attended several of NYSLAA's conferences in the past, this year's seemed to be exceptional. We started our adventure at the mixer held on Wednesday evening at the new Appellate Division Law Library. After a brief tour of the building, it's clear to see just what money can buy. The building is beautiful and the staff was very warm and welcoming. Workshops started early the next morning and they offered something for everyone. Topics included everything from “Everyday Law” to “Basic Database Searching” to “Advocacy for Libraries” presented by NC3R's director John Hammond (which I attended). 

Our keynote speaker had to cancel at the last minute, so Dr. Jane Vogan graciously accepted the task of filling in. I've never had the pleasure of hearing her speak to the organization before, but it was worth the wait. She certainly can inspire you to cope with everyday stress. I still maintain my position that the best part of attending these conferences is networking with others from around the state. Next year's conference is in New York City. The Metro group is looking for ways to cut costs so that more library assistants can attend. If anyone is interested in more information about NYSLAA, I will be glad to speak with you. --Tracey LaBarge, Senior Library Clerk, CEF 

Central Library News 

Summer reading programs at Plattsburgh Public Library will take on a few new twists this year. There will be programs for all ages - children, teens, and adults so the entire family can be involved in reading! Registration for all programs will begin June 15th. Six weeks of actual in-library programs will be held from July 12th - August 18th for children and teens (sorry, no weekly adult programs will be held). 

Discover 2000 Read is the theme for the children's summer reading program. Registration will be held in the Children's Room; each registrant will be asked to complete a Reading Record at that time. Groups will be organized into Preschoolers, Toddlers, Children completing grades 1 - 3 and Children completing grades 4 - 6. Cosmic Connections will be the theme of the teen summer reading program. The library will registers teens that have completed grades 7 - 12 for this program beginning June 15th at the Lending Services Desk on the main floor of the library. Please be sure to ask us for further information regarding the adult summer reading program. We look forward to having the entire family join us for these wonderful programs! Further information can be obtained by phoning 563-0921. 

March 17, 2000 proved to be PPL's “lucky day” as we welcomed Kelly Sexton to our staff as a library clerk. Kelly has proven to be a vibrant, customer-service oriented addition to the Lending Services staff since her arrival. As an avid reader, she says that she not only loves libraries, but is attempting to convert her apartment into one! Although Kelly is not a Plattsburgh native, her father retired here from the Air Force 13 years ago, and she feels it is safe to say that she is from Plattsburgh. Her favorite authors include Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Amy Tan, Irvine Welsh, Edmund Spenser, and Dr. Seuss. When asked what type of books she likes to read, her reply was “I read pretty much anything I get my hands on!” 

Benjamin Briskey was added to the library staff as a Library Page in May. Ben originally hails from Hyde Park, NY, and is currently a student at Seton Catholic. 

The staff of the Plattsburgh Public Library heartily welcomes both Kelly's and Ben's assistance as we continue to move PPL into the new century. We wish them both luck as they strive for excellence in serving the customers of the Plattsburgh Public Library and CEF member libraries! -Anne Minter O'Donnell, Director 


The Romance Reader and The Mystery Reader websites will send you up to 600 bookmarks for the cost of postage. You can mix them in any quantity you need (default is half-and half) or you can choose to receive 600 from each site. Postage requirements are as follows (send stamps only): 175 bookmarks = five 33c stamps; 350 bookmarks = seven stamps; 600 bookmarks = ten stamps. Large orders (1200) bookmarks will be accommodated for 15 stamps. 

Send your requests to: TRR/TMR Bookmarks; PO Box 2516, Midland, MI 48641-2516. For further information or to see the bookmarks, check out or

News to Note: 

Sheila Babbie is the new librarian at the Champlain Memorial Library. Carole McDowell has replaced Peggy Swartout as Librarian at the Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay. Welcome Sheila and Carole! 

Silvia Norton, a Trustee of the Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay, has been appointed Librarian at the Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook. 

Mooers Free Library has a new fax number: 236-4264. 

Please remember to let Penny at CEF know of any changes in library hours, board members, officers and fax or e-mail numbers so we can keep up with you! Thanks to all of this month's contributors - our newsletter is growing with each issue. If you have ideas or suggestions for articles to be included in future issues, please let us know. Editor: Julie Wever 563-5190 x 18 e-mail: Typing/Layout: Barbara Deyo