Winter 2001

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Koehl Named Velma Moore Award Winner

Winter 2001 issue of Trustee

Maureen Koehl has been named the winner of NYSALB’s Velma Moore – 2000 Award. The presentation was made at the Inaugural Banquet and Awards Ceremony of the annual NYSALB/NYLA conference held November 1-4, 2000 in Saratoga Springs, NY.


In addition to being selected for the prestigious award, Maureen received a specially designed plaque and $750.00 to donate to the library or library service of her choice. Recipients for the award are selected on the basis of contributions to the development of library services in New York State.


President of the board of trustees of the South Salem Library since 1997, Maureen Koehl has been extremely active in the many aspects of her library’s governance and growth. In 1981 Maureen was first elected to her library board.


Over the years she has fulfilled a range of committee assignments and has been actively involved in the many aspects of her library’s operation including the planning stages of a $2.5 million library building program, fund raising for the proposed expansion and community focused programming sponsored by the library. She also annually chairs the organization’s largest fundraiser.


In her spare time, Maureen Koehl is a wife, mother, schoolteacher, town historian and author.


The Velma Moore Award was established in 1962 to honor the memory of Velma Moore who worked actively for the improvement of New York State library services from 1947 to her death in 1961. As one of the chartered members of the Library Trustees Foundation of New York State (predecessor of NYSALB), she served two terms as Foundation president and was a member from its inception. Velma Moore also served as a trustee of the Kenmore Public Library located near Buffalo, NY for 33 years and was the wife of Lieutenant Governor Frank C. Moore.

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