Paper Quilling for Adults and Teens

Join us at the Indian Lake Library to learn the Art of Paper Quilling! Two dates: Wed. May 1st 7-9pm, and Friday May 3rd 2-4pm. Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that uses of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Join us to learn the basics and create some beautiful floral designs to thank our April Showers for the work they did this Spring. The library will furnish all supplies and the classes are FREE. These 2 classes are geared toward adults and teens, but we will try to arrange one for the under 12’s at a future date. PLEASE SIGN UP SO WE CAN ENSURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES TO GO AROUND! Stop by or call 518-648-5444.

Spring Break at the Indian Lake Library–Not to be missed!

Be sure to click our events calendar tab to see details for programs offered every day. We recommend you sign up by stopping by the library or call us 518-648-5444. We want to be sure to have enough supplies for everyone.

Recycled book art: the Hedgehog (click our events calendar tab for details)

We’ve got projects planned every day at the library to keep you busy during Spring Break. Join us Friday April 19th 1pm-4pm for Eggs-cellent Egg Dying Adventures.

On Saturday the 20th We’ll have an Easter Egg Hunt in the Children’s Room, followed by Story Time at noon.

We begin Monday the 22nd (Earth Day) with crafts to beautify our yards and honor the theme of reduce-reuse-recycle. All week we will build on that theme with programs each day that challenge our imaginations and ingenuity. Click our events calendar tab for more information on specific programs.

Click on our events calendar tab to see more details. All programs are free, we hope to see you here at the library.

Folded Book Art for Teens & Adults

Join us Wednesday April 10th 7-9pm for an introduction to the world of folded book art.  Well worn and loved books can be repurposed into beautiful works of art! Who know THAT was a thing?  It’s awesome and relaxing.

In this class we will look at a few examples of cool folded book art works, talk about techniques for folding,  and discuss the types of patterns and how to use them. Then we will attempt a simple heart design from books we have culled from our collection.  No special skills necessary, just patience and 2 hands willing to fold pages.  Lots of pages.  This does require some concentration and a slight finickiness for folding, so not really suitable for younger patrons.  (We are working on a class for them really soon though)

A great activity for sitting and chatting while making.  If there is sufficient interest, we may host other classes that build on skills learned here to create more complex designs.

Class size is limited to 10 people, so PLEASE SIGN UP at the library or call 518-648-5444!  We will collect names for a wait list if we can’t fit everyone in the first class.

Wet Felted Easter Eggs

Join us Wednesday April 3rd 7-8pm for a fun, family friendly fiber craft!  We will learn a wet felting technique for creating colorful Easter eggs from wool. It’s a soothing and very tactile activity that requires no prior fiber skills, other than a willingness to play with soap, water, and wool.  Bring a sense of fun, a love of color, and a wee bit of patience to turn a blob of wool into a colorful keepsake.

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THIS ACTIVITY TO ENSURE WE HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES!   Stop in at the library or call 518-648-5444.

This activity takes about 30 minutes to complete, so the 7-8pm time frame is approximate.  If there is a lot of interest, we may extend the time until 9pm.

This activity will also take place Saturday April 6 between 11am and 1pm–Again, PLEASE sign up.

Indian Lake Library hosts Community Read

Over the course of 2019, Indian Lake and its surrounding communities are invited to read “Finding True North, A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks.” Readers will be welcomed to participate in any of several book discussions the Library will host over several months.  Author Fran Yardley will appear at the Indian Lake Theater Wednesday September 11th to discuss her work and how our own community finds its own sense of place.

More on Finding True North, and review excerpts:

In 1968 Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long-abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its one thousand acres and thirty-seven buildings. The Saranac Lake–area property had been in Jay’s family for generations, and his dream was to restore this summer resort to support himself and, eventually, a growing family. Fran chronicles their journey and, along the way, unearths the history of those who came before, from the 1800s to the present. Offering an evocative glimpse into the past, Finding True North traces the challenges and transformations of one of the world’s most beautiful, least-celebrated places and the people who were tirelessly devoted to it.

“Fran Yardley is a superb storyteller, and this is a superb story—of a camp and of a marriage, illuminating a key corner of the slightly out-of-time paradise that is the Adirondacks.” — Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

“Fran Yardley has given us an emotionally moving book, combining memoir and Adirondack history. With a singular and powerful voice, in a tightly organized narrative, she deftly weaves together two distinct strands: her own remarkable story and the history of Bartlett’s Carry.” — Philip Terrie, author of Seeing the Forest: Reviews, Musings, and Opinions from an Adirondack Historian

“Fran Yardley—storyteller, actress, writer, and stalwart Adirondacker—takes us behind the balsam curtain to a truly magical place on the Saranac Lakes. Finding True North is the tale of families, forests, tragedy, and triumph told from the heart with deep insight. It’s a terrific, immersive read.” — Elizabeth Folwell, editor-at-large, Adirondack Life

“Gifted storyteller Fran Yardley has harnessed her many voices to the printed page in this remarkable memoir. Yardley interweaves her firsthand experience hinged to historic documentation with her imagination as she reveals the lives and ways of those who went before and coexisted with her and Jay Yardley at Bartlett Carry. Finding True North is a must-read love story about Adirondack place and people.” — Caroline M. Welsh, Director Emerita, Adirondack Museum

“In Finding True North, Fran Yardley has produced an immediate and necessary addition to the body of Adirondack literature and history. Long in the making, it is beautifully written, authoritative, and moving.” — Christopher Shaw, author of Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip with the Gods and former editor of Adirondack Life

This project is made possible with the funds from the decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.


Ice Lantern Making Workshop

In anticipation of our Snocade “Light Up the Library” family event Wednesday 2/20 (7pm), we are hosting 2 fun workshops to show you how to make ice lanterns.

Saturday February 2, 11am – 1pm

Wednesday February 6, 7 – 9pm (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST)


Humble ingredients and cold temps combine to create beautiful luminaries to light up those long winter nights. Please register at the library to ensure we have enough materials for everyone or call 648-5444 for more info.

Dementia Series #3: Advance Directives in Financial Planning

Join us at Wednesday January 30 at 7pm for the third in our series on dementia.  This month’s topic is called “Advance Directives in Financial Planning”.

The Caregiver Support Initiative will once again provide valuable information for the people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Financial planning is a very important when a loved one is in need of care, but it can be a difficult topic to tackle without a road map.  This program will answer some of your questions about how to start planning for a future with dementia, and what resources are available to families in need of providing long term care.

For more information prior to the program, call Stacey Barcomb at (518)832-4992.  This program is free of charge.

Hospice Volunteer Informational Program

Join us at the Library Wednesday January 23 at 1pm for an informative talk about becoming a Hospice Volunteer.  Kathy Schoolcraft, from High Peaks Hospice, will explain the training Volunteers receive, and the supports that Hospice Volunteers provide.

High Peaks Hospice serves families in parts of Franklin, Hamilton, and all of Essex County.

Hospice is an organization whose mission is to provide end of life care that listens with respect, cares with compassion, supports with choice, and comforts with understanding.

Prior to the talk,  literature is available at the library upon request to give you more information about Hospice Volunteerism prior to the 23rd.  All Hospice training and this talk are free of charge.