NYLA Annual Conference

November 8-11, 2017 — Saratoga Springs, New York
Visit nyla.org/conference for expanded conference information and registration


Some highlights of the LTA sponsored workshops:

*The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Library Director
Sponsor: LTA

You’ve read the Handbook for Library Trustees of NYS and taken advantage of local, state and online trustee training opportunities. What’s next?

Join Cassie Guthrie for a (mostly) light-hearted look at how what trustees do— and sometimes don’t do—impacts their library directors and vice versa.

Track: Administration & Leadership Speaker: Cassie Guthrie, Greece Public Library.

Warren Applegate, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library Hollis Seamon, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library

*Choose Your Local Resources for Successful Fundraisers
Sponsors: FLS / LTA

Two libraries discovered and used their unique local resources to create successful fundraisers in their communities and also found they could measure their accomplishments in unexpected ways.

Track: Administration & Leadership Speakers: Elly Dawson, Victor Farmington Library Warren Applegate, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library Hollis Seamon, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library


Kitty Bressington, Friends of the Avon Free Library Anne Andrianos, Friends of Onondaga Free Library

*Bringing Friends Back From the Brink
Sponsors: FLS / LTA

Presenters represent a small library whose Friends group had been dormant for ten years, and a mid-sized library whose Friends group was adrift with no leadership. Presenters will discuss the value of incorporating a Friends group, where they turned for help, what documents are needed and how to complete them, how they worked with library administrators, where they find good leaders, and what they have been able to accomplish with great success since their groups came ‘back from the brink.’

Track: Administration & Leadership


Kitty Bressington, Friends of the Avon Free Library

Anne Andrianos, Friends of Onondaga Free Library


Courtney Darts, Pro Bono Partnership

*Best Practices for Management of Friends Boards
Sponsors: FLS / PLS, LTA

This discussion of nonprofit boards’ legal and fiduciary duties by the Pro Bono Partnership will help keep the Friends functioning effectively, using their charitable resources appropriately.  The Partnership’s Director of Education will update group leaders on recent changes to the New York State nonprofit laws so they can provide the best oversight they can.  Learn what documents should be kept in your ‘board book’, how technology can be used to conduct board business, and practical strategies for more effective board meetings.

 Track: Administration & Leadership


Courtney Darts, Pro Bono Partnership


Mary Ann Marrero, Friends of the Moffat Library Christine Frisbee, Friends of the Moffat Library Ruth Manyin, Friends of the Moffat Library Kelly Lynch-Moloney, Friends of the Moffat Library

*Friends & Trustees Building Community When Disaster Strikes
Sponsors: FLS / LTA, FFRPL

The speakers will follow the FLS annual membership meeting.  Hurricane Irene struck in 2011, leaving five feet of water in the basement, destroying the mechanicals of the library.  When mold set in, the library was forced to evacuate the building.  Friends of the Library, trustees, staff, and other community volunteers moved the collection to a donated location.  After a design was approved for the renovation, the Friends executed a successful “Get Out the Vote” campaign that approved a $6.9 million bond to rebuild the historic building.  An unexpected benefit was the outpouring of community support for the library, which the Friends leveraged into ongoing financial sponsorship. The Friends’ annual Meet the Authors Luncheon received additional support from contractors and other local businesses. The luncheon has attracted nationally-acclaimed authors and recently has raised over $3,000 annually.

 Track: Administration & Leadership


Mary Ann Marrero, Friends of the Moffat Library

Christine Frisbee, Friends of the Moffat Library

Ruth Manyin, Friends of the Moffat Library

Kelly Lynch-Moloney, Friends of the Moffat Library


*Friends Choose Their Own Leadership
Sponsors: FLS / LTA, FFRPL

After 20 years, the Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library had grown into a complex organization whose most recent Presidents were taxed to provide the level of leadership needed.  Things came to a head when no one was willing to assume the presidency.  Realizing that the issue was more than just who held office, the group decided to convene their first facilitated Futuring project to capture their activities and analyze ways the work could be divided.  The responsibilities still looked daunting even for two people.  Four well-defined areas emerged: finances including book sales, marketing and technology, coordination between the Friends and the library, and author events.  A four-person presidency, the Quad Leadership Team, was floated and piloted starting in December 2015.

 Track: Administration & Leadership


Wilma Jozwiak, Friends of the Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library

Ambika Sambasivan, Fruitfly Consulting

Sheila Morroni, Friends of the Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library

Kathy Adam Browne, Friends of the Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library

Meeting Minutes January 16, 2017

Directors Present:

Adria Ripka, Martha Anderson, George Wolf, John McCarthy, Phil Archer, Edris Scherer, Susan Chapman, Mary Ellen Darling,Timothy Gavin (Executive Director).

Call to Order:

President Ripka called the meeting to order at 10:04 am January 16, 2017

Approval of Minutes:

Moved by Wolf, seconded by Scherer to approve the minutes of November 2016. Motion Passed.

Treasurer’s Report:

Moved by Wolf, seconded by Archer to approve the Treasurer’s report. Motion Passed.
Gavin reported the following:
Revenue is $10K over expenditures; Fiscal restraint has paid off.
Membership is up dramatically, Buffalo/Erie is renewing for 3 years

President’s Report:

Ripka reported the following:

  • She is concerned about her availability for the next few months but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem
  • Committees will meet Friday nights after their initial reports to work.

Executive Director’s Report:

Gavin reported the following:

  • Administrative work is still a big time consumer, but the new graduate intern will help with this.
  • Online forms are coming for meetings and memberships.
  • Looking for presentation ideas for 2018 Institute in LI
  • Looking for website story ideas to send to Mary Ellen

Committee Reports:


Anderson noted the following:

  • Binhamton TITK progressing, Broome County Library May 6


March 1, 2017 is the next Legislative Action Day

  • $4 million increase from last year’s state budget for libraries may be stripped by Governor
  • NYLA is dealing with new leaders in legislature and may be harder to deal with.
  • All plans ready for LAD
  • Mary Ellen, Martha, Tim, and John plan on attending


  • Tim will be preparing list of contacts
  • Let Tim know who you’ve contacted


  • New Star program is listed in the newest newsletter
  • Mary Ellen is looking for feedback/testimonials re being an LTA member


  • Star program up and running
  • Maybe do some recognition at TITK event
  • Can turn logo into pin
  • Martha- We already have a bunch of pins. May not have enough response to justify new pin order at this time.
  • Next library board meeting try to get your trustees to fill in form
  • Tim- A record of trustee training will be helpful and appreciated. At some point in the future it mayl be required.

Old Business:

2017 Meeting dates as follows:

  •  March 10-11 Albany
  • May 13 – Phone Conference
  • June 9-10 Planning Meeting
  • September 15-16 Albany
  • December 1-2 Albany

Tim- Let me know if there are any conflicts with any meeting dates.

Binghamton 2017 TITK

  • Martha – Some after action report should be released after event.
  • Adria will reserve room block at hotel
  • Registration 10-11:15
  • Catering 11:30 – 12:15
  • 3 sessions after lunch until 4

Long Island TITK

  • Director has been contacted and is excited, Date not yet determined – getting input.


New Business:

Development of Ad Hoc committees:

  • We should bring in local people to help with events
  • May help us find new LTA Directors

Legislative Updates

  • Brand new session (2 year cycle)
  • All old, unpassed legislation expires
  • NYLA monitors all library legislation
  • Not much to do until session starts and they start bringing in new legislation

There being no other business of the board to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Wolf and seconded by Archer. Motion passed.

Submitted by John McCarthy

New Health Literacy Toolkit

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and The American Library Association (ALA) have partnered through the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign to create a free toolkit for Health Literacy Month, which is observed in October.

NNLM and ALA’s partnership will equip library professionals with customizable tools to raise awareness of how libraries support health literacy in their communities. The toolkit will provide key messages, program ideas and downloadable marketing materials, including bookmark templates and social media graphics, for libraries to use as they promote health literacy in October and throughout the year. The wide-ranging array of health literacy topics covered include nutrition, aging, and chronic illness.

Website:  http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/health-literacy-toolkit-intro

Trustees in the Know: LTA Regional Workshop on Long Island

LTA Directors ready for trustee registration: Martha Anderson, Edris Scherer, Jean Currie

100 Library Trustees gathered on August 12 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for LTA’s regional workshop, Trustees in the Know.

Rob Caluori makes issues of patron privacy accessible to trustees

Rob Caluori, Director of Information Technology at Westchester Library System,broke down technical issues of patron privacy in what might be called Cybersecurity 101 for Libraries. He spelled out risks to library patrons, explained the concept of a public and private cloud, defined email security and email tools, and addressed changes in net neutrality – all in laymen terms.

A video of his presentation is available at https://youtu.be/2-Fj7WOHN68

Joe Eisner answers questions about creating and revising library policies

Joe Eisner addressed trustee liability for library finances and for creating library policies in his presentation, Due Diligence: Liability, Policy, & Pitfalls. Joe is well known to trustees for his monthly website column, Ask Joe; his presentation sparked many questions as trustees matched their own board practices against legal and ethical considerations.

Lothrop Architects design team:Jim Lothrop, Judy Girod, Bob Gabalski

Jim Lothrop brought a team from his architectural firm, Lothrop Associates, to envision how future forces within technology will change the way libraries are used. Libraries looking to engage additional patrons need to plan collaborative spaces and portable configurations, and to consider how design elements—use of color, lighting options, furniture design, and, yes, whimsy—can define the character of a community library.

Library spaces evolve to meet changing needs

LTA sends a genuine thank you to Library Director Gretchen Browne and the library staff for hosting the workshop and facilitating the program details and workshop amenities.

As one trustee commented, it’s great to leave “more in the know” after this successful workshop.

Gloversville Public Library – Restoration of an Historic Carnegie Library

Historic Carnegie Library Building

The roots of the Gloversville Public Library dates back to 1880 with the incorporation of the Levi Parsons Library of Gloversville and Kingsboro, a subscription library.

In 1888 the library re-chartered as the Gloversville Free Library, an association library. And finally in 2005, when support from the city of Gloversville was reduced from $150,000 per year to $0, the library re-chartered again, this time as a school district public library. It was a hard fought battle that was won with just 42 votes.

Once the dust settled the newly elected trustees turned their attention to the 1904 Carnegie building. There had been three previous, but unsuccessful, attempts to implement some form of renovation of the historic facility starting in the 1970s.

By 2005, the heating and plumbing systems were 102 years old, there was no air condition to fight the 95° days of the summer, the dome was leaking – again, and 3 of the 4 levels of the building were inaccessible because we lacked an elevator.

View of the curving staircase inside the Gloversville Public Library.

Not knowing where to start, we just started. The first project was to seal the dome and repaint the 40 foot high lobby. Our Friends group jumped on board with a fundraiser that, surprisingly, raised over $25,000!

Next we hired an architect for a master plan. We invested in a basement moisture remediation project then an exterior masonry cleaning project. We started writing DLD public library construction grants for these break out projects. These small projects gave us confidence that we could undertake the full renovation while also completing key pieces of the project.

The economic conditions of Gloversville and Fulton County led the trustees to the decision that we would not ask the taxpayers for a bond referendum. We committed to raising all of the money another way.

Schenectady Gazette - Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo, a Gloversville native, cuts a ribbon at the Gloversville Public Library to announce that he would chair a capital campaign to raise funds for library improvements, on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

A fundraising consultant was critical and by working with him we explored new avenues and uncovered new sources of funding. We wrote 4 CFAs (consolidated funding applications) and received 4 awards totaling $1,513,000.

We were awarded over $850,000 for 7 DLD construction grants. Senator Farley secured $2,250,000 in State and Municipal Facilities funding. And the donors in our community, over 850, pledged over $4,000,000.

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.

The ground-breaking ceremony was held this past May. The asbestos abatement is complete and the old boiler removed. Currently we have a huge pit with footing forms for the new additions in place and the interior is being gutted of its lath and plaster.

With luck, construction will be done in September 2018 and we’ll move home that fall. This project has been a long, labor of love for so many people.

Dusten Rader/Express staff A renovation kick-off event was held Thursday at the Gloversville Public Library. From left, Merry Brown, library board of trustees vice president; Christine Pesses, board president; Betsy Batchelor, trustee; Barbara Madonna, library director; Craig Clark, trustee; Robin Lair, trustee secretary and Lisa Buggeln, trustee, vice president of finance.

We raised the funds the hard way, but through those efforts we have been able to involve more people, build community partnerships, raise awareness about library services and engage the entire community.

This process has not just resulted in a successful fundraising campaign and building project, but has built a solid foundation for the success of the library’s programs and services once we move back into the newly renovated, but still historic, Carnegie Library.




For More Information:
Gloversville Public Library
34 WEST Fulton Street • PO Box 73 • Gloversville, New York
phone: (518) 725-2819 • fax: (518) 773-0292

State Education Department Releases Revised Draft Every Student Succeeds Act Plan

Revisions Made in Response to the More Than 1,000 Comments
Received on the Draft ESSA Plan

Revised Draft Plan Continues to Emphasize Fostering Equity in Education for All Students and Expands Measures for School Accountability & Student Success

The New York State Education Department today presented revisions to the draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan (revised summary available here) to the Board of Regents. Since releasing the draft plan in May, the Department received more than 1,070 public comments, both in writing and verbally at the 13 public meetings held across the state, and made revisions to the draft plan in response to those comments.

The revised draft plan continues to emphasize fostering equity in education for New York’s students; expands measures for school support and accountability and student success; and requires school-level improvement plans for the lowest performing schools overall as well as schools with the lowest performance for certain student populations. The plan also includes strategies for supporting the professional growth of educators and ensuring that all students, including English language learners/Multilingual learners, immigrant students, migratory youth, homeless youth, and neglected and delinquent youth, have access to a well-rounded, culturally responsive education that supports their academic and social-emotional development. The Department detailed highlights of the plan to the Board of Regents at its May meeting.

“The Board of Regents and I take our responsibility to improve teaching and learning in New York’s schools very seriously, and we were awed by the young people and other members of the public that came to our public meetings to share their thoughts on New York’s draft ESSA plan,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “We heard you, and our revised ESSA plan is better because of it. Through ESSA, New York is poised to take a more holistic approach to accountability that looks at multiple measures of school and student success. This approach allows us to continually evolve and adapt so we can ensure that our systems are culturally responsive and place an emphasis on educating the whole child.”

“At each of the 13 public meetings we held on our draft ESSA plan, parents, educators and students all spoke passionately about certain aspects of our plan – from school accountability and transfers schools to the importance of social and emotional supports and physical education – and we listened,” Commissioner Elia said. “The revised draft plan includes changes as a result of this public feedback. In September, we will submit to the U.S. Department of Education a plan to help all of New York’s children lead successful lives and to move us forward in our efforts to improve equity of educational outcomes in our State. We thank all of the hundreds of stakeholders and members of the public who helped shape this plan throughout our process over the past year.”

The Department received more than 800 written comments and 270 verbal comments at the meetings during public comment period. In addition to hosting 13 public hearings on the plan from May 11 through June 16, NYSED also held more than 120 stakeholder and public meetings between October 2016 and May 2017 to gather input to help inform the development of the draft plan.

The revised full draft plan and a summary are posted on the Department’s ESSA webpage. The summary document outlines the Department’s stakeholder engagement process and highlights key proposals from the full plan.

Key Revisions to the Draft ESSA Plan
Based on the feedback received during the public comment period, the Department made key revisions to the draft ESSA plan, which included to:

  • Reduce grades 3 – 8 English Language Arts and Mathematics testing days from 3 days to 2 each to reflect the recent Board action;
  • Use out-of-school suspensions as a school accountability indicator starting in 2018-19
  • Measure middle school students’ readiness for success in high school once two years of data becomes available;
  • Equally weight achievement and growth at the elementary and middle school level;
  • The Commissioner will partner with districts to determine the most appropriate interventions for transfers schools identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools and not automatically place them in receivership if these schools are re-identified;
  • Require all school improvement plans to provide adequate evidence of parent and family involvement in plan development;
  • Consider ways to support school boards and promote legislation to intervene when school boards are not meeting students’ basic educational needs;
  • Emphasize the State’s commitment to promoting a well-rounded education that includes physical education and the arts, including revising Commissioner’s regulations pertaining to physical education;
  • Include greater emphasis on the State’s commitment to cultural responsiveness;
  • Add a provision to promote the social and emotional support services by specialized instructional support personnel as part of a well-rounded education;
  • Emphasize the State’s use of technology to support personalized learning; and
  • Place greater weighting on the English Language Proficiency indicator for schools that are held accountable for this indicator.

More details on the specific changes to the draft ESSA plan can be found here.

Stakeholder Engagement

For the past year, NYSED has engaged diverse groups of stakeholders to solicit recommendations on how to craft an ESSA plan that best meets the needs of the state’s students, schools and communities. In support of these efforts, NYSED established an ESSA Think Tank with representatives from more than 100 organizations, including district leaders, teachers, parents, and community members. The Department also consulted with national education experts regarding ESSA, including Linda Darling-Hammond (Learning Policy Institute) and Scott F. Marion (National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment).

In addition, NYSED held more than 120 fall and winter regional in-person meetings across the state in coordination with the state’s 37 Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and the superintendents of the state’s five largest City School Districts, which were attended by more than 4,000 students, parents, teachers, school and district leaders, school board members, and other stakeholders.

Next Steps

The plan will next be submitted to the governor, who has 30 days to review the plan. Following the governor’s review, the Board will be asked at its September meeting to take action to approve the ESSA plan so that on September 18, 2017 the State Education Department can submit the plan to the USDE for review and approval. After the plan is approved by the USDE, the Department will work with BOCES District superintendents, superintendents, the ESSA Think Tank and other stakeholder groups to develop and provide guidance on implementing the ESSA plan. Further, NYSED is developing summary documents for parents and teachers to explain the changes in the ESSA plan.

Visit EngageNY.org
Follow the Commissioner on Twitter: @NYSEDNews(link is external)
New York State Board of Regents
The State Education Department / The University of the State of New York / Albany, NY 12234
Office of Communications / (518) 474-1201

For More Information Contact:
Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie
(518) 474-1201

2017 Regional Workshop: Trustees in the Know

Register Online Today! 

2017 Regional Workshop: Trustees in the Know
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Plainview-Old Bethpage Library,
999 Old Country Road, Plainview NY 11803

9:00 – 2:30 One-hour presentations with optional 15 minute Q&A


9:00 Registration and Coffee, Opening remarks at 9:45

10:00-11:00   Cybersecurity for Libraries – What must trustees do to ensure patron privacy and protection?

Presenter: Rob Caluori, Director of Information Technology, Westchester Library System

The Internet is fraught with threats to personal privacy from eavesdroppers, hackers, greedy vendors, and greedier advertisers. The presenter will define the online risks for library patrons and explore the library’s responsibility to protect personal information.  The presenter will clarify the issue of net neutrality and focus on the impact to libraries of the challenges and changes to net neutrality.

Rob Caluori is the Director of Information Technology at Westchester Library System.  He has a MS from Pace University in Information Systems, a CAS from Long Island University in Library Administration, and is currently a student at SUNY Albany, completing an MS in Information Science.

11:15-12:15 Due Diligence: Trustee Liability, Policy & Pitfalls

Presenter Joe Eisner, Retired library program director and chair of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library Board

Do trustees have adequate knowledge of existing laws, regulations and opinions to execute their responsibilities? How do newly enacted laws affect library operations and budgetary requirements? “Ask Joe” by submitting specific questions in advance to

Joe is a retired public library director and current chair of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library Board. He is the compiler of the Handbook of Library Laws and Regulations in New York State. Although not an attorney, Joe is considered an expert on the use of library facilities by outside groups, relations with municipal funding officials, personnel matters, and library policy. “Ask Joe” is a monthly feature of the LTA website.

12:30 : Lunch and Remarks

1:15 – 2:15 : Envisioning Library Spaces :Making Better Use of the Space You Already Have

Presenter: James D. Lothrop, AIA, FASID, Partner, Lothrop Associates LLP

What changes to existing facilities and furnishings will better serve existing patrons and encourage a greater number and more diverse population to use  library services. Visual examples will provide a backdrop of possibilities to respond to community expectations in developing library five-year plans and construction grant submissions.

Jim Lothrop is a Registered Architect and Certified Interior Designer.   With over forty years experience, Jim oversees and maintains quality design standards as Design Partner in Lothrop Associates. Jim is a Fellow with the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID). His leadership in design ranges across a wide variety of project types for library clients. He has served on the ASID National Board of Directors, was past president of the ASID New York Metro Chapter, and Co-Chair of the National Industry Advisory Council.

Helping All Trustees Succeed Curriculum Endorsed by Statewide Organizations

The Library Trustees Association of New York State, the New York Library Association and Public Library System Directors Promote Trustee Education

NEW YORK STATE, May 12, 2017– The Library Trustees Association of New York State (LTA) , the New York Library Association (NYLA) and the Public Library Systems Directors Organization of New York State (PULISDO) have all unanimously endorsed the use and promotion of the Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Curriculum.

“Strong library boards build enduring libraries,” said Lauren Moore, PULISDO Chair. “ That’s why the public library systems of New York State have worked together to create a curriculum that will ensure that all library trustees have the skills they need to govern their libraries.”

The curriculum was developed by a team of Public Library System consultants with stakeholder input. Stakeholders included public library trustees, public library directors, the Library Trustees Association of New York State, the New York State Division of Library Development, the New York Library Association along with members of PULISDO. Thirteen percent of New York’s 6,000+ trustees responded to a survey to help shape the content of the curriculum.

“No one is born knowing how to be a public library trustee,” commented HATS Team Mentor and Mid-Hudson Library System’s Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, “and with responsibilities for the governance, finances, facilities and retention of the public’s good will we need to give these honorable volunteers a fighting chance to do the best they can for the communities they serve. Library service is too important to leave to chance.”

The curriculum includes five modules to help Public Library Systems provide relevant, up-to-date continuing education opportunities for public library trustees. The module topics include an orientation, legal issues, financial and fiduciary responsibilities, planning and advocacy and the most common habits of highly effective boards.

“The Library Trustees Association (LTA) is the only NYS regents chartered association for trustees, founded in 1949. Our mission is to represent, assist, honor and educate trustees as providers of universal library service. We are pleased to have worked with the HATS team on the curriculum and to have partnered with them on presentations and the sharing of information,” said Tim Gavin, Executive Director of the Library Trustees
Association. “We encourage trustees throughout the state to attend HATS programs and we look forward to continuing to partner with the HATS team in future endeavors and as they refine their curriculum. The more education that trustees receive, the easier their roles will be, the stronger and more vibrant their libraries and communities will become, and the more recognition NY will receive as role models for the rest of our nation.”

Public library systems will each take the lead to customize the curriculum and offer regional workshops for local library trustees. PULISDO continues to create opportunities to support public library system staff in the implementation of the curriculum, ensuring that this curriculum continues to be relevant, accurate and a cornerstone for trustee education in New York State.

“NYLA is pleased to offer its endorsement of the HATS curriculum, and to support the goal of providing robust training opportunities to all those who serve as public library trustees across New York State, said Barbara Stripling, President of the New York Library Association, “The HATS program is a welcome positive step toward that goal.”

To learn more about upcoming trustee education offerings in your region please contact your public library system.


Team HATS:
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System (Team Mentor)
Lisa Erickson, Nioga Library System
Jennifer Ferriss, Southern Adirondack Library System
Ron Kirsop, Pioneer Library System
Grace Riario, Ramapo Catskill Library System
Amanda Travis, Onondaga County Public Library System

Team HATS got their start thanks to the ILEAD USA Program offered through The New York State Library.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact:
Lauren Moore, Chair, PULISDO

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Vinciguerra Citizen Laureate Award: Ed and Francine Rodger

The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library’s Vinciguerra Citizen Laureate Award was presented to Ed and Francine Rodger at a reception on December 10th, 2016.  The reception was also to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 475 Moe Road library building.

Background of Award

The Vinciguerra Citizen Laureate Award was established in 1999 to honor Stephen and Beatrice Vinciguerra for their generous donation of land on which the library was built.  The Award was intended to be bestowed on future individuals whose contribution to the library was above and beyond the normal expectations of a volunteer.  It has only been awarded to the Vinciguerras in 1999 and to Joe Conroy in 2007.


Ed & Francine Rodger-CPH Library Citizen Laureate Award 12-2016

Ed and Francine Rodger

In December 2016, the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening its current building on Moe Road in Clifton Park.  As part of the anniversary celebrations, long time library supporters and library trustees, Ed and Francine Rodger were presented with the library’s prestigious Vinciguerra Citizen Laureate award.  This award was established in 1999 and is bestowed on individuals whose contributions to the library are above and beyond the normal expectations of a volunteer.  It has only been awarded to two other people prior to the Rodgers.

Ed and Francine have been involved with the library for nearly 50 years.  As far back at the late 1960’s Francine was a volunteer, doing membership drives to help develop a library for the community.  The first library opened to the public in 1969, and soon after in 1972 Francine was appointed to the library board and served until 1985.  Ed has been on the library board since 1997 and his current term runs until the end of 2020.  Between Francine and Ed, there will have been a Rodger on the library board for 36 years of the library’s 50 year history.

During their terms, both Francine and Ed have each served as president, treasurer and vice-president of the board, and they have worked tirelessly to make sure  the library services that are provided are exemplary.

Several years ago in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebrations, the Friends of the Library commissioned an artist to create renderings of the different locations of the library over the years.    And when we received the images, Ed noted that one was missing – an image of the very first purpose built library that opened 1981.

This particular library had a special significance for Ed and Francine.  Not only was Francine the president of the board and then treasurer  during door-to-door campaigns that raised a quarter of a million dollars for the construction, but the Rodgers, along with another local family, personally guaranteed the 250,000 dollar mortgage for the library building.

Francine continued to serve on the Board throughout the campaign to establish a tax district in 1985, which provided a sound financial footing for the future of the library. Francine resigned from the Board in 1985, but continued to be involved in committees and volunteering.

In 1997 Ed was appointed to the board to fill the term of a resigning trustee and has subsequently been elected four times, and is beginning his 21st consecutive year as a library trustee.  Ed has been the president of the board at two different times as well as the vice president and treasurer.

Current Board President, Jason DiGianni, on behalf of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Board of Trustees, presented the Citizen Laureate Award to Ed and Francine Rodger on December 10, 2016.

In addition to the award, the Local History Room will be named in honor of Ed and Francine.  It will be the Ed and Francine Rodger Local History Room.