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What you and I are reading this summer What titles have you been reading at the beach, or at the camp, or maybe on your Kindle in the back seat during that long day trip? Do you have any recommendations from the new releases section at your...
What does the massive popularity of e-books and e-readers mean for public libraries? Well, it’s complicated, but for North Country libraries, getting on the e-book train is apparently well worth the expense. In an Odgensburg Journal article...
This feels like “fun with books & writing” week. First, we can read Betsy Kepes’ fine updates on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference happening in Seattle. But right now the Canadian...
Quick, when were heated seats invented? If you have that feature in your car, can you imagine living without it? Bonus Q: Are heated seats in the depths of winter cold about as good as sex? Credit writer Louise Penny for that quip. After a coming to...
Earlier this month Dale Hobson wrote about the National Toy Hall of Fame, including this year’s nominees. Judging from the response, many classic toys and games have staying power, in our minds if not in terms of sales at Christmas this year....


Books and Authors
Jul 30, 2014 — One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.
Jul 30, 2014 — Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.
Jul 30, 2014 — Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.

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Country Schoolhouse
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Irving Bachellor
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A Franklin Manor Christmas
Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor.

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Hillary Clinton signing books at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Hillary Clinton signing books at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Hillary Clinton signs "Hard Choices" in Saratoga Springs

Hillary Clinton was in Saratoga Springs yesterday, signing copies of her book, Hard Choices, at Northshire Bookstore. Supporters lined the streets, waiting to shake hands and have their books signed. Clinton's visit to Saratoga was something of a homecoming.  Go to full article

Book review: "Sputnik Summer" by Paul Castellani

It's the summer of 1958 in a fictional resort town in the Adirondacks. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Boyle is itching to get out on his own but he makes a couple of bad decisions that lead to a major disaster. Betsy Kepes has this review of Paul Castellani's novel, Sputnik Summer.  Go to full article
Julia Alvarez speaking at Lafayette College. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lafayette-college/4727527815/"> Lafayette College<br /></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont writer wins National Medal of the Arts

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) Novelist, poet and Middlebury College instructor Julia Alvarez has won a National Medal of the Arts.

Alvarez, who lives in Weybridge, will receive the award along with other recipients at a White House ceremony on Monday.  Go to full article
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Listen: Summer Reading Call-in

What are you reading this summer? What titles have you been reading at the beach, or at the camp, or maybe on your Kindle in the back seat during that long day trip? Do you...  Go to full article
"The Wind in the Islands" book launch is set for Wednesday, July 23rd from 5-7 pm at Cornwall Brothers Museum in Alexandria Bay.

Preview: "The Wind in the Islands" a new take on a classic children's novel

Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger -- immortal animal pals in Kenneth Grahame's classic novel, The...  Go to full article
The Old Forge Library. Photo: courtesy Old Forge Library

Old Forge Library celebrates its centennial

The Old Forge Library is celebrating its centennial this summer with a series of literary events. In February of 1914, five people gathered in Old Forge and voted to...  Go to full article

Book review: "The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale" by Mary Sanders Shartle

Mary Sanders Shartle begins her novel with a scene of an Adirondack hermit shooting a rifle at low flying military planes that are disturbing the quiet of a cold February...  Go to full article
Join Hallie Bond for a book signing event at the Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid this Saturday, 3-5 pm.

New cookbook celebrates Adirondack history and cuisine

An Adirondack historian and top chef have teamed up to create a cookbook that offers new takes on traditional food. "Adirondack Cookbook" is part history lesson, part...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/37771908@N04/5437139567/">Natsuko</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYPL's renovation to cost $300M

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Public Library says its new renovation plan is expected to cost $300 million.  Go to full article

Book Review: "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan

You don't have to be a westerner to appreciate Edward Curtis's photos from a hundred years ago. His sepia prints show native people on horseback or in dugout canoes. His...  Go to full article

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