Dementia: Two Programs at the Indian Lake Library

The Caregiver Support Initiative of SUNY Plattsburgh will present 2 talks about free services, education and training available to caregivers of people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

This is the first of two talks presented this month on the topic of dementia and caregivers, titled “Dementia: What Is It?”. Begins at 1pm Wednesday November 7th, at the Town of Indian Lake Library. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Talk #2 deals specifically with caregivers and coping with the extra demands of the holiday season. It’s entitled “Dementia: Caregiving and the Holidays”. It takes place Wednesday November 14th at 1pm.

If dementia touches your life, these programs can offer you and your family world of support.

Bats: The Misunderstood, the Important, the Cute

Saturday, October 27th, join us at the Indian Lake Library for a family-friendly nature event all about that unsung pollinating hero, the humble bat!  Caitlin Stewart, educator with the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, returns for a fun-filled and informative presentation everyone in the family will enjoy.  After the event, stick around for a bat story and a bat craft project.  Hope to see you there!

Lisa Ko, Author of The Leavers Speaks at the Indian Lake Library



Synopsis: One morning, Deming Guo’s mother Polly goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. Left with no one to care for him, eleven-year-old Deming is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Inspired by real-life stories of family separation, The Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away—and how one woman learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

Accolades:  The Leavers was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction, a prize awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice. It was named a best book of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Los Angeles Times, Oprah Magazine, and Electric Literature and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

About Lisa:  Lisa Ko’s writing has also appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times,BuzzFeed, O. Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City, where she was born. Learn more about her work at




Indian Lake History in the Adirondack Experience Library

Join us at the Indian Lake Library on Monday October 1st, at 7pm for a fascinating look at Indian Lake History. In this show-and-tell presentation, Adirondack Experience Library Director Ivy Gocker will bring us an assortment of maps, guest books, brochures, and ephemera from the museum’s collection–all of them related to the history of Indian Lake. This is a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the local history gems stored in the museum’s archives!

Compass Class Cancelled

I’m sorry to announce the cancellation of the compass class that was to take place Tuesday September 18 from 5-7pm.  As part of the swift water response crew, DEC Ranger Jason Scott has been deployed to assist with rescue of flood victims from hurricane Florence. He was just called to duty today, and let us know right away.  We wish Jay well and hope for his safe, speedy return. The library will post when a new class can be scheduled.  Thanks for your understanding.

The September Crafty: 5 Fun & Easy Classes to Fuel Your Creative Juices

Our library will change back to regular hours in October, so no more evening hours after Columbus Day. Here at the library, we’d like to make the most of our September evenings and host 5 fun and non-intimidating craft classes for adults in our community. Space is limited–only 10 participants per class, so sign up today at the library or call us at (518)648-5444. Please bring your sense of humor and a willingness to experiment, and wear clothes that can suffer the odd splotch or dribble. All classes are 7-9pm.

September 12th: Class number one is Adventures in Paper Marbling. We will go over the basics of marbling technique, then create some one of a kind marbleous masterpieces. After we will go over some potential ways to incorporate our marble pieces into cards and other useful craft projects.

September 14th: Class number two is Tile Painting with Alcohol Inks. Each participant will receive 2 4″x4″ tiles and a 2″x2″ tile to paint upon. The smaller tile can be made into a refrigerator magnet, while the other two tiles can be coasters or simply works of art. Alcohol inks are super fun and addictive materials to play with. We’ll go over how to safely use the inks and try several techniques for applying and manipulating them. After we will learn how to protect the finished pieces so they last.

September 19th: Class number three is Silk Scarves in the Microwave. Whaaaat? Sounds crazy, but it works. Each participant will create a beautiful, colorful, one of a kind silk scarf to wear or give as a gift. We will go other the basics of silk dying and the chemistry involved, safety tips, color mixing, and fabric manipulation for lovely textural effects. Then we will then use what we’ve learned to take turns at the microwave to bring our silk creations to life.

September 24th: Class number four is Hand Carved Block Print Dish Towels. Apparently cool dish towels are a thing. Who knew? Each participant will take home a dish town of their own design. We will first talk about block printing in general and the types of designs that lend themselves to this technique. Then we will draw out some designs, and choose one to transfer to our carving block. We will learn the basic techniques for carving a linoleum block, then we’ll get to work carving. After the carving is finished, we will print our masterpiece onto a towel.

September 26th: Our last class is the Yarn Project Mash-Up. This class will be a mix of several different techniques to manipulate that stash of yarn that may be lurking in your home…We’ll try some knitting using a simple loom technique to create cording suitable for jewelry applications. We can also try our hand at finger knitting. This class will be more an exchange of ideas and techniques, with yarn being the main ingredient. You’ll be sure to come away with an idea to expand upon at home and maybe even a cool and unique piece of art to display.
Participants are encouraged to bring in any yarn from home that isn’t earmarked for a big project. Those leftover bits of skeins will find their purpose at last!

Compass & Map Class

DEC Forest Ranger Jay Scott will be presenting another beginner’s compass and map class, Tuesday September 18th from 5pm to 7pm. Jay will go over basics of  map reading, the anatomy of a compass, and how to use a compass to navigate. After the classroom portion, Jay will take us down Pelon Road to try our skills in the woods!


Please dress for success: appropriate, sturdy footwear (no sandles, flip-flops, etc), comfortable clothing, with the weather in mind because we’ll go out rain or shine. If weather forecast is for severe weather, we will attempt to reschedule.

Additional handy items to bring: A compass if you own one, a headlamp, bug protection, water.  For your own protection, please be fit enough to navigate uneven, wooded terrain.

If the class fills up, the library will start a waiting list in case someone is unable to attend.  When you register, please provide your email and best phone contact so we can confirm your attendance closer to the date and send reminders.

Butterfly Fever!

With thanks to Daisy and Elsa, our library has become a mini Monarch hatchery of late. We’ve had 9 caterpillars raised so far, and 3 of them have hatched out of their chrysalids. There’s one still in its “J” position about to form a chysalis. We will be releasing more as they emerge, so stop by if you’d like to have a look-see, or would like to help us let one fly free.  The transformation from milkweed devouring caterpillar to graceful butterfly has been captivating to all of us here, and we’d love to share the joy.

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