Mrs. Suzanne Brahm, the library’s director for 32 years, retired on October 31, 2017. A farewell hosted by the Friends of the Library, and open to the entire community, was very well-attended. Many friends and civic groups for whom Mrs. Brahm has tirelessly assisted over the years, as well as former story time attendees (many now grown with young families of their own) stopped by to wish her well in her retirement.
Local author George Dapra held a book talk and signing for his biography Non-Disclosure, published by Outskirts Press, at the library on August 15, 2017. Dapra, who was an inspector in the Witness Security Division, United States Marshals Services for over 17 years, entertained a packed room with his stories and experiences. The book also includes family photos, recipes, and anecdotes of local friends and family, and is available in the library’s Biography section.
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!
Guest speaker, Girl Scout Elizabeth Kloskey,talks to the Garden Club about her bee project on her farm in Cornwall.