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Northville Public Library news

NORTHVILLE — The Northville Public Library, 341 S. 3rd St., will change to its spring and summer hours beginning Friday, April 7. At this time, through August, the library will extend Friday hours until 4 p.m. The Sacandaga Book Group will meet Tuesday, April 11, at 10 a.m. in the library’s program room. Terry Frank will lead a discussion of “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel Brown. The improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. Story Time will be held Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. coordinated by Hadley Jacobs. Bring the preschoolers for stores, a craft and snack. The Friends of the Library Executive Committee has announced the dates of its summer fundraisers. The mammoth book sale will be held June 29, 30 and July 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Ice Cream Social and raffle is slated for Saturday, July 22, from 5 to 8...

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Camera Club Exhibit Reception at the Old Forge Library

The Old Forge Library will host a Photography Exhibit featuring work from the Old Forge Camera Club members. The exhibit will be on display from February 22 through March 25 during library hours. It will include work from club members Chuck Allen, Debbie Denio, Mary Hogan, Sue Kiesel, Gary Lee, Kathy Nahor and David Patterson to name a few. The Opening Exhibit Reception will take place on Wednesday February 22 from 6-7 p.m. The reception is open to the public and you are invited to stop by to meet and talk with the artists and view their work. Light refreshments will be served and acoustic music will be provided by Dan Vellone. Immediately following the Opening Reception at 7pm there will be a discussion and slide show “Wildlife Photography Tips” led by Susan Luther Kiesel. The Camera Club’s members are from the Upstate New York area with a love and passion for not only photography but also the Adirondacks. Their mission is to share their knowledge, camaraderie, and the Adirondacks through photography. They also focus on helping each other improve their skills. The Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7pm at the Old Forge Library and welcomes new...

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Coffeehouse Open Mic Night at the Old Forge Library

On Wednesday February 15 at 7:00p.m.at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd, writers, songwriters, aspiring writers and members of the public are invited to share and read or play from their own work or to come and enjoy readings by others. Featured Writer and Emcee will be Susan Luther Kiesel. Sue is a grandmother, avid photographer and outdoor enthusiast. Sue is also the author of the children’s book “The Many Faces of Snowy Owls”. In addition, she writes a column for Outdoor Adirondack magazine. If you plan on participating on Open Mic Night please call the Library at 369-6008 ahead of time so they may plan accordingly, but walk-ins are always welcome. These readings are held to inspire writers and create oppor­tunities for regional writers to meet. They are co-sponsored by Adirondack Center for...

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Library news briefs

Library schedules workshops for both children and adults BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin Library, Wilkinson Memorial Book Station, will be offering a two session beginner knitting group for children in grades four, five and six. The dates are Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 23, at the library located at 25 N. Main St. The group will meet from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be a fee of $5 to cover the cost of the knitting needles and yarn which will be provided to each participant. Roseann Doran and Carol Meinecke will be leading the workshop. Pre-registration and a signed release from a parent or other responsible adult will be required. Class size is limited. The library has also announced a series of adult craft workshops that will be held. The workshops will be offered by Judy Frederick, art teacher. There is a charge of $5 for each workshop which includes the cost of all materials, all supplied. Pre-registration is required. The workshops will be offered Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows: Feb. 11, Scherenschnitte — The art of cutting paper designs. Each participant will make a framed take-a-way project. Attendees are asked to bring a pair of small, sharp pointed scissors. March 11, Decoupage — The art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto the object. For this project, a clay flower...

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Gloversville Public Library receives $100K donation

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Public Library’s Capital Campaign has received a major donation from Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family Foundations. “That Stewart’s Shops would give $100,000 to our campaign is a clear endorsement of our renovation project and demonstrates their commitment to the communities they serve,” said campaign co-chair Elizabeth Batchelor. Susan Dake, President of the Stewart’s Foundation, described the library’s renovation project as vital to the community. “The renovation and expansion of the Gloversville Public Library is a key to revitalizing the community and expanding fundamental education opportunities for children and families,” she said. This is not the first time that Stewart’s Shops has been generous to the library. Barbara Madonna, director of the library, noted that the library has received donations from the Stewart’s Holiday Match Program for over a decade. Stewart’s Shops donates approximately $2.5 million annually to local non-profits, an amount that is matched, by the two Dake Family Foundations. In addition to the Stewart’s Shops donation this past fall, the library’s Capital Campaign, was awarded a $2 million State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) grant by then retiring Senator Hugh Farley, which was in addition to a $250,000 SAM grant previously secured by Senator Farley, and a $75,000 commitment from the Frank E. Perrella Charitable Trust. Campaign commitments have now reached $8,127,290. “We have begun the bid process and anticipate moving to the temporary...

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Credit union supports city library

The First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union presented the Gloversville Public Library Capital Campaign with a $5,000 donation in support of the library’s plan to restore and upgrade the historic Carnegie Library. The donation earmarked the purchase of a display cabinet on the main level of the library. Presenting the donation from the First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union included Brenda Coon, president/CEO; Deb Shepard, vice-president-marketing/business development; Kelly Hart, business development officer. The Capital Campaign’s Co-Chairman, Christine Pesses and John Mazur, a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, accepted the donation. The credit union places a high value on community resources that foster growth and development of families and individuals in the communities...

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City library explores future funding options

By LEVI PASCHER Fulton County Express JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Public Library is currently exploring ways to stabilize funding, which could include becoming a school district library in the future. Library Director Erica Wing said the Board of Trustees have been discussing the possibility of transitioning from a city funded library to a school district library funded by the Greater Johnstown School District taxpayers. Wing said the trustees have simply started the “exploratory phase” and will look more into the possibility with both city and school district officials in the new year. She said the earliest she anticipates such a transition could be completed would be 2018. The library started exploring the possible transition around the same time the city considered reducing its funding to the library after facing a large deficit in the 2017 budget. However, the city ultimately decided to continue funding the city library after the council determined the cut wouldn’t have allowed the municipality to reduce the tax rate from the 9 percent increase adopted earlier this month. Fourth Ward Councilman Vern Jackson, who will begin serving as mayor in January, said although it wasn’t enough to reduce taxes this year he believes finding an alternate funding model could provide future benefits for both the library and city. Jackson said if the library found alternate funding it would allow the council to make more moves...

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Library will use CRG space during renovation

By LEVI PASCHER Fulton County Express GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Public Library has solidified plans to move to a temporary downtown location while the current historic building is updated during the $8.9 million renovation project. Library Director Barbara Madonna said the public library will be occupying available space within the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth building located on Fulton Street while the renovations are being completed. She said both the library and CRG boards have approved the rental plan but the lease is still being drafted. Madonna said the exact date of the move is still being determined because the library still must complete the bid process, which would provide the timeframe the library would need to use the temporary location. “We are hoping to put the project out to bid in December,” Madonna said. She said the library is looking to break ground early next year and the renovation is scheduled to take about 18 months once the project officially begins. During renovation the Fulton Street library will be closed and the alternate location in the CRG building will be opened to continue providing library services. “We are going to have all or most of the library services we currently offer,” Madonna said. She said the CRG building was an ideal location given the proximity to the existing library and the availability of both space and high...

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Gloversville Public Library awarded $2M grant

Photo by Levi Pascher From left, Gloversville Public Library Director Barbara Madonna, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth CEO Ron Peters, State Sen. Hugh Farley, Mohawk Valley Library System Director Eric Trahan and President of the Library’s Board of Trustees Christine Pesses. Farley announced Monday he secured $2 million in state funding for future library renovations and the city library honored him for his dedication to community. By LEVI PASCHER Fulton County Express GLOVERSVILLE – State Sen. Hugh Farley announced on Monday that he has secured $2 million in state funding for the Gloversville Public Library . The state...

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