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Newsletter 2020
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COVID-19 and our 2021 Plan of Service

Wow!  So much has changed since I first sat down to write this piece!  I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones healthy and secure. The board voted to close the library on March 18 after careful consideration.  The library remains closed as we send this newsletter to the printers.  Please rest assured that we will continue to follow local and state recommendations and mandates and plan to reopen the library as soon as it is deemed safe.

Despite these trying times, we are still working hard here at the library, in coordination with SALS (Southern Adirondack Library System), to ensure we meet the new minimum public library standards. A big step towards reaching our goals will be the implementation of our 2021-2026 Library System Five-Year Plan of Service.  This is a Community Based Long Range Plan of Service and your input is a very valuable piece of this process.  We have enclosed a survey to help us in the process of assessing our community needs for the future.  Please take the time to fill out our survey and mail it or bring it to Carolynn at the library when we reopen.


Let me start by saying, I hope you are healthy, staying safe at home, washing your hands all the time, practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering when out in public.  The Raquette Lake Library has been closed since March 18, 2020 and, as of the printing of this letter, the library remains closed as the State of New York is under a stay at home mandate. Please check out our website at for updates, as we move forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the third year the RLL has purchased passes to the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) in Blue Mountain Lake and The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, for our patrons to enjoy when visiting the area.  Unfortunately, the Adirondack Experience is closed for the 2020 season. The museum will be offering virtual opportunities and we will update you as soon as we know more.  There are two passes for The Wild Center which give a discount on your visit.  Please ask me at the beginning of your vacation about the passes, so that I can explain all the details, as some found out after their visit and spent more money than they needed to.  And I’m all about saving money for my peeps!

The 2019 Annual Book Sale grand total was $3,358!  Extending the book sale for the week worked out well and we hope to be doing this again for 2020.  Our goal, each August, is to make at least $2,000 at our book sale.  We have been so fortunate to reach that and more for the last several years.  The Raquette Lake Library volunteers are the best.  It is a pleasure working with all our wonderful, dedicated volunteers that make our Annual Book Sale such a success!  Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the 2020 book sale, fingers crossed. We will know more the closer we get to the date.

Our 2019 local artists were Linda Norris, Debra Suits, Mary Blanchard, Lynne Ballou, Betsy Griffiths, Kyle Cappelletti, Carolynn McCann, Peggy Deyle and donations from Amy Williams and Joan Colligan.  It is our local artists that make our raffle special.  Thank you so much.

Did you know that when you recycle your nickel deposit bottles and cans at the Raquette Lake Transfer Station you are not only helping the earth, you are also helping the library?!  All proceeds from your bottles and cans (plastic, glass and metal) are donated to the Raquette Lake Library.  What an easy way to get rid of trash, recycle and donate at the same time!  We would like to send a special thank you to all of the local town employees, past and present, and many others who have helped make this recycling project at the Raquette Lake Transfer Station a success!  We are grateful for the revenue!

In memory of Val Grosselfinger, please check out the collection of classics and award/medal honor books on our two kindle readers.

At this point, I am not sure about our two programs, Tie-Dye in July and the Utica Zoomobile in August.  We will keep you informed on our website. In July and August we plan to have Story time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Again, we will know more by July.

I continue to enjoy the Library more each year and feel privileged to be your Librarian.  There are so many wonderful local and seasonal patrons, as well as visitors.  It is with the support of our community that keeps beautiful and charming Raquette Lake Library going.


For the 2019 calendar year, the library’s income was:

Town of Long Lake


School tax levy


State & County




Donations & Memorials




Can deposits


Refunds, interest, etc.




For the 2019 calendar year, the library’s expenses were:



DVDs, audiobooks, magazines


Staff and payroll taxes


Elec., fuel, insurance, repairs


Training, fundraising, postage


Computer equip., office supplies




Contribution by Colleen Walsh, Trustee

Thank You Volunteers!

Carolynn and the Board of Directors would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all the volunteers who kindly offer their time, effort and support to keep the library an organized and welcoming place for everyone to enjoy.  There are always tasks, both large and small, that need to be tended to, and as the saying goes, "many hands make light work".  We are grateful to those who continue to lend a hand year after year, and we welcome and encourage new faces to stop in and ask Carolynn where help is needed.  As always, we need volunteers to help at the annual book sale and to donate items for the raffle.

We can't do it without you.

Thank you for supporting your Raquette Lake Library!