Fall 2007

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by Karen Achilles, NYSALB Trustee

Fall 2007 issue of Trustee

It is time to submit your nomination for the Velma Moore Award. The award will be presented at the Trustee Institute May 2 – 3, 2008 at the Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs, NY.

This award was established in 1962 to honor the memory of Velma Moore who worked as a very effective library activist from 1947 to her death in 1961. Mrs. Moore was one of the chartered members of the Library Trustees Foundation of New York (predecessor of NYSALB). For two terms she was the organization’s president and also served as trustee, for 33 years, of the Kenmore Public Library (near Buffalo, NY). She was the wife of former NYS Lieutenant Governor Frank C. Moore.  The award carries a $750 stipend to be donated to the library or library service of the award winner’s choice.  The winner will be presented with an attractive engraved plaque at the NYSALB Trustee Institute each spring.

Our 2007 winner, Beth Peck, has been associated with the Western Sullivan Public Library at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch for over twenty years.  The award has been a “wonderful boon” for the three tiny rural libraries that serve the Western Sullivan Library.  The award monies were used to fund a Harry Potter Extravaganza that included many activities for the entire family.  Retired patrons in the community now have a much larger collection of books on tape as a result of the award.

Think about community volunteers, library trustees, library friends, library staffers, in fact anyone whom you believe has made an important difference in your library community, or who has traveled that extra mile to make things significantly better and/or more effective for your library.   Submit a one page nomination letter with relevant information that describes the individual’s commitment to library service. Include his or her name, address, phone number and email address. Send the nomination to the Velma Moore Award Committee at: or mail it to Karen Achilles, 4477 Snug Harbor, Geneva, NY 14456.  The nominator should include their full contact information as well.  The deadline for submission of nominations for this prestigious annual award is February 15, 2008.

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