Bob Manning Author Visit: October 8

On October 8, Bob Manning, a native of Tupper Lake, comes to discuss and read from his book, “Up Close and Personal: A Sailor Swims the English Channel”  at 5:00 pm upstairs in the library.

Robert Manning was born in Tupper Lake, NY, the oldest of five children born to John and Rosalie King Manning. At the tender age of eight, Robert became fascinated with the idea of someday swimming the English Channel. He later learned to swim through a Red Cross swimming course, and received further coaching in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Upon graduating from Tupper Lake High School, Robert briefly worked in construction before enrolling in Wadhams Hall College to study for the Catholic priesthood. He later finished his studies at St. Bonaventure University and was ordained in 1962. Robert began his priesthood in Ogdensburg, NY, and later served in Massena and Champlain before answering a second calling to become a Navy chaplain.

After training in Newport, RI, Robert was assigned to Okinawa, Japan, and later served at Parris Island and Charleston in SC; Norfolk, VA; London, England; and Twentynine Palms, CA. Throughout his priesthood and naval career, Robert continued to train and work toward achieving his dream of swimming the English Channel. That dream became a reality in 1984.

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Banned Book Week

It’s Banned Book Week again folks! Celebrate your freedom to read! Check out the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2013:

Literacy Volunteers is looking for volunteer tutors!

If you know someone who is interested in becoming a volunteer tutors, please share this information with them.

Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties will host tutor trainings this fall at each location: Port Henry, Lake Placid, and Malone.
This twelve-hour Basic Literacy training will give you the tools, tips, and strategies needed to help a student improve his/her reading skills.  

Locations, Dates, Times:

Port Henry- September 25th 1:00-4:00pm   (Register with Sandy Woods – )
Lake Placid- October 14th 5:30-8:30pm   (Register with Susan – )
Malone – October 2nd: 6:00-9:00pm         (Register with Darlene –

The first session is the orientation and additional dates and times will be announced then.

Director of Literacy Volunteers

Essex / Franklin Counties

3265 Broad St.

Port Henry, NY 12974


“The Schools We Imagine”

Tonight in our Community Room: “The Schools We Imagine”. Parents and Community Members, please join Carolyn Merrihew, Matt Southwick, and Seth McGowan for an informal forum on imagining our perfect schools. Our educational leaders are interested in mirroring our District on the ideas and values of our children’s home and community. Join us in the Community Room at 6:00 PM.

Summer Reading Program – Winners!

Check out the details and photos here.

Events at your library

Check out our website for our Calendar of Events, including Red Cross Blood Drives, Pre-K Storytime, Community meetings, Author visits, Free 1-on-1 advice on new Health Care Reform, and more!

Don’t let the road construction keep you from the library — you can always come in by way of the Synagogue and Flanders Park and park in the lot behind the library!

Keep reading!

The Summer Reading Program continues until September 4th! ALL kids are challenged to read a book a day! I know you can do it! There will be an iPad given to the K-2 student who reads the most books, and an iPad will be given to the Grade 3-6 student who reads the most books. Prizes will also be given to Pre-K students who have the most books on their log sheets, and the Grade 7-12 student who reads the most books!


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