LONG LAKE - The Long Lake Library has been evolving for more than 12 years and has become a vibrant center of community activity.
While small in physical size, the library has more that 16,000 materials in its in-house collection and more than 19,000 items were borrowed by the community in 2008. These included books, recorded books, magazines, videos, DVDs and collections of children's books. There were more than 15,000 visits in 2008.
In addition to the in-house collection, the library is a member of the Southern Adirondack Library System. This allows patrons to have access to the entire SALS collection through inter-library loans for nearly any item desired.
In February of this year alone, there were more than 900 inter-library loan transactions.
The library also has three public computers which are in constant use by patrons for Internet and e-mail. The demand for computer use increases each year.
The new meeting room, completed in 2008, has become the meeting place for community groups, the Long Lake Book Discussion Group and for anyone wishing to bring their own laptop to utilize the wireless connection provided free of charge.
Use of the library is free and more and more people take advantage of it every year.
In 2008 the library supported 34 enrichment and fundraising programs including piano recitals, lectures, auctions, drawings, and the annual Friends of the Long Lake Library Chocolate Fest at the end of January each year.
This year the Chocolate Fest was attended by more than 100 people and sponsored a silent auction, live music and a poster contest for Long Lake Central School students.
The library is hoping to construct the first phase of its walkway plan with 150 customized bricks by the fall of 2009. At this point, there are 65 sponsors. Each brick costs $100.