Last week I had the opportunity of visiting the Library in Long Lake, New York during my summer vacation in the Adirondack Mountains. And after sitting for over an hour with Library Director, Emily Farr, I immediately realized two things. First, volunteers can make or break a library and second, the size really doesn’t matter.
The volunteer group, Friends of the Long Lake Library and the Board of Trustees for the town have been the driving force and key support system behind its success. They've sponsored book drives, fundraisers, coordinated grants writing initiatives, and has been able to provide the resources needed.
I actually have never seen a library so small. But it is packed with great resources for both adults and children…story hours, summer reading groups, crafts, and music programs. So as they continue to grow, Emily informed me there are still some immediate needs. "Right now we have two working computers with Internet access. And with the high volume of visitors we’ve been having, (last week alone we had over 200 in one day), we really could use more computers."
There’s something very uplifting about visiting a library by the lake. Not to mention, meeting a wonderful staff and breathing the great mountain air all at the same time.
Long Lake Library Facts:
The Center Chartered in 1997.
The Melville Dewey Collection from the Lake Placid club donated a library collection of almost 10,000 books.
Affiliated with the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS)
In June the new automation system Polaris was installed.
Computers and Donations are ALWAYS accepted.
If you have had success obtaining more computers for your library, please post your suggestions for Emily in the comment section.