Magazines available digitally at local libraries

PLATTSBURGH — Patrons of public libraries throughout the North Country can now access almost 40 magazines digitally with their borrower’s card.

Local libraries have recently unveiled Flipster, a next generation digital magazine service. This shared service allows readers to browse the latest issues of high-quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their local public library, a press release states.

The 30 member libraries of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System now provide both Flipster and print versions of popular magazines including Fine Gardening, Health, Forbes and more. Patrons will have the option of accessing the content at their library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to iPads or iPad Minis via a native app for offline reading.

“More and more people use smartphones and tablets to access information today, so it only makes sense that libraries provide popular magazines in a digital format," system director Ewa Jankowska said in the release. "We’re all working together to make almost 40 high interest titles easily available.”

Visit the library system’s website at and type in your 14 digit library barcode number to get started or to learn more. Readers who do not have a borrower’s card can easily obtain one from a local public library.

McArdle to speak at Noon Rotary

PLATTSBURGH — Jim McArdle, author of "A Yank in Libya: Living and Working in Libya's Jamahiriya," will speak at the Plattsburgh Noon Rotary meeting at noon Wednesday, May 6, in the Adirondack Room at the Butcher Block in Plattsburgh.

McArdle will discuss the book and his experiences in Libya.

Used book sale to benefit Schroon Lake Public Library

SCHROON LAKE — The Friends of the Schroon Lake Library will hold a preseason used book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the used book store in the basement of the Schroon Lake Health Center.

The Schroon Lake Public Library is also having an Open House at that time in the Town Hall.

Books will be half price, with most prices from 10 cents to 75 cents. There will also be a table with some specialty books for a special sale price.

Monies from the sales at the book sale are used to supplement the book collection at the Public Library, upgrade computers and software, and sponsor special programs such as writing programs and children’s programs.

Used books, both adult and children, including novels, biographies, Adirondacks books, cookbooks, DVDs and talking books are also welcome as donations. Drop them off at the library as they will be checked to see if they can be added to or supplement the library collection before they are donated to the used book store.

Famous painter of the Adirondacks topic of LPI book group

LAKE PLACID — "Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks" by Syracuse University professor emeritus of fine arts David Tatham is the subject of Lake Placid Institute Book Club's next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Lake Placid Public Library.

Homer first came to the Adirondacks in 1870, and was to return innumerable times over the next 40 years, almost always to either the Minerva or Keene Valley areas of Essex County, right up to a couple months before his death in 1910, according to a press release.

The LPI Book Club usually meets the last Monday of the month September through June each year, concentrating on books dealing with arts and letters. All are welcome to attend.

Bookstore Plus announces May events

LAKE PLACID — The book club at The Bookstore Plus will at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the store.

The discussion will feature "The Jaguar’s Children" with the author, John Vaillant, via Skype.

Second Saturday Storytime will be held at 10 a.m. May 9 with books and a craft.

Newbery Award winning author Kwame Alexander will be at The Bookstore Plus  from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14, to discuss his award-winning book "The Crossover" and to sign copies. This book is written in verse for ages 9 and up. Throughout the book signing, there will be a Nerf basketball tournament with prizes for winning contestants and a pizza party.

Also, the store will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2. For more information, visit

For more information, visit or call 523-2950.

Applications available for Anne La Bastille Writer Residency

The Adirondack Center for Writing will host its annual Anne La Bastille Writer Residency program at Twitchell Lake from Oct. 10 to 24.

The two-week residency will offer quiet space to work on writing and space to share with other writers.

This residency was provided by the estate of Anne La Bastille, who wrote books like "Woodswoman" and "Beyond Black Bear Lake" from her cabin on Twitchell Lake. Participants will paddle out to visit her property at least once during the two weeks. 

There will be no Internet or cellphones at the residency, which is housed at a beautiful property on Twitchell Lake. Rooms are single occupancy with private baths; food will be provided. 

There is space for six writers. Half of the spaces will be reserved for regional authors, and the other spaces will be open to writers from all over the world. Writers in any genre will be considered. Quality of written submissions will be primary consideration when accepting applications.

Submission guidelines and applications will be accepted through an online submission form found at between April 15 and May 20. Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by July 20.

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