Author, educator to appear at showcase at PSU

PLATTSBURGH — Author and educator Linda Klein Weisman will be discussing her book “Yes, I Can Read” at the 2014 Teaching is the Core Educators’ Showcase to be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Sibley Hall.

The showcase brings together North Country educators and offers them the opportunity to display projects and share experiences from the area’s many professional learning communities this past academic year, according to a press release.

“Yes, I Can Read” is a reading program for fourth-graders through adults. Its goal is to provide strategies for teacher, tutor or parent as they help the student to read independently.

Copies of the book will be available and Weisman will be available for questions.

Bookstore Plus plans May events

LAKE PLACID — The Bookstore Plus Book Club will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the store in Lake Placid.

The meeting will include discussion of “Hidden” with the author, Catherine McKenzie, via Skype.

At 10 a.m. May 10, the store will host Second Saturday Storytime. Dancing will be celebrated with stories and a craft.

Indies First Storytime Day is slated for 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17. The focus will  be on celebrating independent bookstores and Children’s Book Week with a special storytime led by author Amy Guglielmo. Guglielmo will read stories and have a craft project.

Award-winning author Jack Gantos will be signing copies of his books at the Bookstore Plus at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

For more information on any of these events, visit or call 518-523-2950.

Peru Free Library to hold book sale

PERU — The Peru Free Library has scheduled a Spring Book Sale for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 16, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

AuSable Forks Free Library Book Club to meet May 5

AUSABLE FORKS — The AuSable Forks Free Library Book Club is reading “A Place on Earth” by Wendell Berry to be discussed from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 5.

Berry’s work of fiction is rooted in the details of everyday life in a rural community during WWII. It resonates with variations played on themes of change, looping transitions from war into peace, winter into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence and lost into found, a press release states.

Author to visit Malone schools

MALONE — Author Matthew McElligott will be visiting Malone elementary schools May 12 through 15.

McElligott, from the Albany area, will talk about his books and the process of writing and illustrating. He has written and illustrated a dozen books, including “Even Monsters Need Haircuts,” “Benjamin Franklinstein Meets Thomas Deadison,” “Bean Thirteen” and “Backbeard and the Birthday Suit.”

On May 13, McElligott will give a presentation for families and members of the community; all are welcome. The evening show is free of charge and will be held at the Wead Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Modern reprint of Elizabethtown history available

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bloated Toe Publishing of Peru has released a printed version of “Pleasant Valley: A History of Elizabethtown, Essex County, New York” as part of their “Preserving History” series.

The book (384 pages, $24), written in 1905 by author George Levi Brown, details more than a century of Elizabethtown and Essex County history.

It is now available from Bloated Toe’s North Country Store, located online at

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