Summer 2010

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Jean M. Reidy of Somers N.Y. Library receives the 2010 Velma K. Moore Award

by Suzanne Stockman, LTA board member and chairperson of the 2010 Awards Committee

Summer 2010 issue of Trustee

The Board of Directors of the Library Trustees Association (LTA) of NYS selected Jean M. Reidy of the Somers N.Y. Library as the recipient of the 2010 Velma K. Moore Award. 

Jean is a graduate of Hunter High School and Hunter College, class of 1939; she received a Master’s Degree in English literature from Columbia University in 1940.  Jean and her husband have lived in Somers, NY since 1957.

Jean’s life-long commitment to library service began in the 1930’s, as a student clerk in the New York Public Library. In 1947, she became a teacher at Katonah High School, and librarian for grades 7 to 12.  Years later, Jean founded the Katonah Elementary School library.

In 1961, she became librarian at Primrose Elementary in Somers, NY where she worked for twenty-two years.  While there, she began what is now known as “author day” — when authors came to visit and read to the children. She was pivotal in integrating the library with classroom activities.

In 1964, Jean became a trustee of the town library.  She led the board in gaining community support to build a new library at its current location in Reis Park (1981-1982) and spearheaded the campaign to change the charter to that of a municipal library.

Her service then expanded to the Westchester Library System Board where, for six years, she represented the towns of Somers, North Salem and South Salem.  Jean received the Westchester Library System’s Service Award during their 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

Today, at 90, Jean continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Somers Library, where she has been a trustee for over forty years and was President for seven.  In gratitude and recognition, in 2007, the Somers Library named its children’s room after her.

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