Library News

Updated May 20, 2024

April showers bring May flowers, as they say. What else is the month of May known for? Cinco de May (May 5), Mother’s Day (May 12), and the federal holiday Memorial Day (May 27) are May holidays you probably already know. But do did you know about National Cherry Cobbler Day (May 17) or Lucky Penny Day (May 23?

May is also for everyday heroes, with days to honor hardworking school lunch heroes, nurses, teachers, receptionists, and waitstaff. Every dog has its day too! Add International Doodle Day, Mayday for Mutts, National Rescue Dog Day, and National Pet Week to your calendar.

May 2024 brings the 150th anniversary of the Run for the Roses. That’s right, almost every year since 1946, the first Saturday of May has been dedicated to the beloved horse racing tradition known as The Kentucky Derby. The 2024 race, and all the festivities that come alongside it, will be held on May 4 at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. If you can’t make the trip or missed out on tickets, no problem at all! Invite over your friends and family and host a Kentucky Derby viewing party at home.

New Books in May 2024

“Manner of Death” by Robin Cook ” “Before the Swallows Come Back:” by Fiona Curnew “Becoming Madam Secretary” by Stephanie Dray “The Trouble With You” by Ellen Feldman

“The Underground Library” by Jennifer Ryan “Listen For the Lie” by Amy Tintera

“The Fury” by Alex Michaelides

“The Women” by Kristin Hamel

New in April 2024

New in January 2024


Children’s Book Week takes place from May 2 to 8 this year. Teaching your children to immerse themselves in a good book is one of the most valuable things you can do as a parent. A childhood love of reading sets the stage for success as an adult. A child who loves reading will have an enquiring mind, a vivid imagination, and great problem-solving skills. Set some time aside to do some reading with your kids this week and inspire a lifelong love of the written word. The week was created by Every Child a Reader in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

Children’s books as we know them today have been around since the 18th century, with the earliest of the genre being educational books, books on conduct, and simple A.B.Cs.

“Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book”, published by Mary Cooper in 1744, is the first known nursery rhyme collection. However, the most celebrated of the pioneers in children’s literature is John Newbery, whose first book for the entertainment of children was “A Little Pretty Pocket-Book,” which is widely considered to be the first modern children’s book. Newbery became known as the father of children’s literature and set the tone for the literature of years to come. Books like ”Alice in Wonderland,” “Adventures of Pinocchio,” and “Treasure Island,” all became later examples of advancement in the field of children’s literature.

Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States, and it originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy have the potential to transform lives. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthews, a librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books and promoted the idea for Children’s Book Week.

In 1916, the American Booksellers Association, and the American Library Association sponsored a Good Book Week with the Boy Scouts of America, with the help of Matthews, Frederic G. Melcher, editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children’s Works at the New York Public Library. Children’s Book Week was established in 1919, and in 1944, the newly-formed Children’s Book Council assumed responsibility for putting on Children’s Book Week thereafter. Schools and organizations have been celebrating Children’s Book Week ever since, and its 100th anniversary was marked in 2019.

On behalf of the VA and Veterans who are struggling with their mental health, we are sharing the following information about programs for those that may be at risk.

Make The Connection

Veterans Crisis Line

Whether for research, finding a job, or entertainment, our Online Resources are here to enrich your life. You can access and utilize these library resources online and at your own pace. Depending on the resource, access may require a library card and creation of an account.

Please see our collections of How To Guides and Bookmarks for these resources.

Ancestry: Uncover your heritage with billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Available on public computers in your library and over WiFi in some libraries.

ArtistWorks: Learn a musical instrument online! Each instrument has a massive lesson library that covers the fundamentals, advanced techniques, and key learning strategies. Lessons are accessible anywhere, from any device.

JobNow: Offers job seekers immediate and practical help 24 hours a day. Would-be employees can build resumes and brush up their interviewing skills. Job seekers also have access through JobNow to business experts who are available to read and critique resumes.

LawDepot: Print or download your customized legal document in 5-10 minutes or less with LawDepot. Create forms for Real Estate, Business, Estate, and more.

Kanopy: Kanopy is a streaming service with access to thousands of films, documentaries, and television shows. Its selections include film festival winners, classic cinema, foreign films, and much more.

Mometrix: Provides test preparation products for a variety of examinations including interactive sample tests, flashcards, study guides, and more.

Libby (from OverDrive) provides downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks. You can read and listen right in your browser or download the Libby app to get started! 

Universal Class: Over 500 continuing education classes are online and available for FREE to patrons of North Country libraries. The classes meet online, at your convenience, with a real instructor.

Weiss Financial Ratings Whether you’re creating your first budget, keeping tabs on your investments, searching for the best car insurance company, or figuring out the best Medicare supplement insurance plan for retirement, Weiss Financial Ratings Series has something for you!  

With access to more than 40,000 investment ratings on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds, and 21,000 safety ratings on banks, credit unions, and insurance companies, you’ll enjoy unprecedented coverage of the investments and companies you want to follow

Please note that we are NOT accepting any book donations until our May 2024 book & bake sale. Thank you for past donations.

The Brantingham-Greig Reading and Technology Center is a member of the North Country Library System


Discount Passes

The Wild Supply Co.

Discount Passes are available to borrow for the Blue Mountain Museum or the Wild Center in Saranac Lake.  You must be a Library member to use the passes.  Savings of up to 50% for families.

You may arrange to use a pass by stopping by the Library when we are open or contact Elinor at 315-513-4521.   Passes MUST be returned immediately after use for the next patron.