The Friends of the Library, under the guidance of Charlie Murphy, Angela McLellan, and Elaine Dapra, held their fourth bi-annual Spring Gala and Awards Night on Saturday, June 3rd. Honorees that evening were Joe Gill of the News of the Highlands, and the West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club. Over 125 people attended and a substantial amount was raised for assistance to the library’s capital fund. The opening and dedication of two new meeting rooms in the basement was also part of the evening.
Our own local author, Siobhan Fallon, will be at the library on Thursday, July 6, from 7 to 9pm. This is one of many stops she will make while in the US. Her new book, The Confusion of Languages, is now published and for sale by Penguin Putnam. The library will have copies for sale that night. For a complete interview with Siobhan about her life and family in the Middle East, read the June 22 issue of the News of the Highlands.
Community volunteers, Barbara Mennite and Olga Anderson, were among those who provided information tables for an Earth Day event, sharing their concerns for the environment. James Skoufis, our Assemblyman, Bob Livsey, our Supervisor, and Frank Sheboy, our Superintendent of Schools, also attended.
The Friends will hold their fourth Spring Gala, honoring a person or organization with the Written Word Award, and the Best Friend Award, on June 3, 2017. See the photos here of their newest raffles. Debra Galu of Highland Falls pieced a large, gorgeous Tree of Life/Irish Chain quilt, and Jeannie Woodruff once again fashioned a holiday wreath with $100 worth of Scratch-off tickets. Get your raffle tickets before June if you can!
The Friends of the Library will begin meeting again on the first Tuesday of each month. The meetings are usually at 4:00pm. Please join them if you like having fun together with a group of creative library lovers.
The Library Board of Trustees has been working toward finishing the large open space in the new basement area. We are finally on our way! After years of scraping and saving and fund-raisers by the Friends of the Library, (and some great private donors!), we have begun work with architect, Ron Cosentino of New Windsor, and contractor Kevin Gremli, to finally reach our goal. We are recipients of New York State Library Development Construction grants, and just recently, received word that Assemblyman James Skoufis has secured a large grant through the State and Municipal Facilities Program. Take a look at these pictures, and then in a year or so, we will show you the completed community/program rooms in the basement.