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News and Events Archive - 2010

Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop

Date: March 12, 2010

Location: William K. Sanford Town Library in Colonie

Time: 9:00 (registration) - 3:30

Description: Announcing the ninth annual Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop! Sponsored by Upper Hudson and Mohawk Valley Library System, this is a day of dozens of ideas about most every aspect of Summer Reading Program (SRP), including a performers showcase. If you need a SRP planning jumpstart, come join us! Our promise is that you will leave with your SRP at least half-planned - in your head, if not on paper! For more details and the registration form, see attached flyer (PDF). Please note registration deadline of Friday, March 5.


The Guidelines for the annual awards (Library Program, Volunteer, Trustee and Advocate) have been approved by the Services and Administration Committees. Copies of the Guidelines were sent to the member library directors. Deadline for the submission of nominations is March 19, 2010.

Bringing Stories to Life With Puppetry Workshop

Friday, April 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m

Guilderland Public Library

Free to UHLS members; all others $30

As part of Riverway Storytelling Festival, master puppeteer and storyteller Willy Claflin offers a workshop on using puppets to bring stories to life in storytime or classroom.

Learning the art of puppetry is a matter of learning how to bring puppets to life -- making them seem like live, real creatures. This workshop will cover:

  • finding a special speaking voice for your puppet
  • moving the puppet's mouth correctly
  • sleight of eye (how to make the audience look at the puppet, not at you!)
  • the power of make-believe: how to bring the puppet to life as a separate, distinct character
  • how to make up stories for puppets to tell

To register contact Mary Fellows at or download a registration form.

Riverway Storytelling Festival

Itís nearly Riverway Storytelling Festival time! Our eighth annual festival celebrating stories, libraries, and literacy happens April 19-25 in library locations throughout Albany and Rensselaer Counties. With more than 20 events, thereís something for everyone: stories for families and stories just for adults, funny stories, edge-of-your-seat scary stories, and workshops on telling stories. All performances are free! Please see our festival web pages for all the details.

Job Announcement: UHLS Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of the Upper Hudson Library System is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. Deadline for submission of applications is March 31, 2010. For further information click here. For a complete job description click here.


At the UHLS Board meeting on Wednesday, January 13th, Executive Director Philip Ritter announced his retirement effective August 1, 2010. Mr. Ritter has been the Executive Director since July 3, 2000 and has shepherded the System through some very major decisions and improvements in services. In his letter of retirement, he noted that: “While I have thoroughly enjoyed living here and working for the Upper Hudson Library System, I find myself increasingly drawn towards returning to my home state of North Carolina. Thank you for the opportunity that you have given me to serve the Upper Hudson Library System for these last ten years of my career. It has been a real pleasure to know and work with the UHLS staff and Board of Trustees, as well as with the staff and boards of the member libraries. I will always look back upon my time at UHLS with fond memories.”

Board President LouAnne Lundgren is in the process of forming a Search Committee which will seek to have a new Director on board by August 1st.

Job Announcement: Library Director

Part-time position for director of a small public library in Schaghticoke, NY. Compensation dependent on applicant's education and experience. A minimum of a HS diploma, library experience, and computer skills required. Preference given to candidates who would be willing to reside on-site in spacious 3 bedroom apt. w/heat & utilities provided.

Send resume w/references by 30 May 2010 to Library Director Search, C/O L. Bunk at 74 Main Street, Schaghticoke, NY 12154.

UHLS Annual Dinner Meeting

The UHLS 49th Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on June 9, 2010 at the Albany Country Club. Bernard Margolis, State Librarian, will be the keynote speaker offering his insights on "The State of the State's Libraries." The annual awards will be presented at the end of the evening.

The staff and trustees of the UHLS member libraries are invited to the dinner. For an invitation, contact Heidi Fuge at

Help us continue to help YOU!

The New York Library Association is gathering information from library patrons so it can demonstrate to state legislators that library funding should not be cut again. Funding for libraries has already been reduced four times in less than two years.

Governor Paterson proposes a fifth cut of $2.4 million in library funding that would bring library aid down to $84.5 million, or below 1998 levels. No other educational institution has been cut five times or by 18% over the past two years. So please fill out this survey and thank you for your assistance.

Pinwheels for Peace at Stephentown Memorial Library

Stephentown Memorial Library will participate with groups and individuals around the world, celebrating International Peace Day on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. The library will host dozens of pinwheels spinning on the lawn in the name of tolerance, unity and cooperation. SML is partnering with area girl scout troops, the Stephentown Youth Commission, and Mountain Road School in New Lebanon, NY for this project.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who teach at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for their students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. The project was quickly embraced by their students and the entire school community and by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children and adults who desire peace in the world. The first Pinwheels for Peace were installed on Sept. 21, 2005. Since then, the movement has grown from 500,000 pinwheels planted the first year, to three million pinwheels in 2009.

If you would like to make a pinwheel for peace, stop by the library for materials and instructions. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a 2010 “Pinwheels for Peace” patch. For more information, call the library at 733-5750.

We are on the map at the Pinwheels for Peace website!!

Job opening: Accounting/Fiscal Officer II

Guilderland Public Library

Full Time Duties: All aspects of accounting, accounts receivable/payable, financial records for $3M+ budget, some Human Resources duties

Minimum Qualifications: BA accounting, at least one year previous experience, must take Albany County Civil Service exam for permanent appointment.

Salary: $35K + generous benefits

Deadline: 9/15/10

Apply: Asst Director, Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY 12084 fax 456-0923 email

Troy Ribbon Cutting 9/27

The Troy Public Library will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, September 27 at noon to mark the completion of its new elevator installed at the Main Library, 100 Second Street in downtown Troy. The elevator, which was partially funded with a grant from the New York State Education Department through its library construction grant program, will greatly increase access to the programs and materials located in the main library building. The library also received additional funding through the City of Troy's Community Block Grant program. In addition to the elevator, renovations have been completed to the public restrooms on the first and second floors and to staff work space in the basement of the building. Work was done by Rosch Brothers, Inc. General Contractors in Latham.

Contact: Paul Hicok, Director

Workshop: Grantseeking Basics with Foundation Directory Online

The Stephentown Memorial Library will host a free workshop on grantseeking basics for nonprofit organizations on Thursday, October 28th from 3:00 to 5:00pm. The Grantseeking Basics session will be led by Kief Schladweiler, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections with the Foundation Center. The course will provide an overview of the funding research process for nonprofit organizations seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities. Mr. Schladweiler will offer tips on how best to identify funding sources for your organization, highlighting the electronic and print resources available for your free use at the Stephentown Memorial Library, a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. The workshop will include a demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online, the Foundation Center’s top-tier searchable database providing information on nearly 100,000 grantmakers and more than 2 million grant records, and will provide an overview of the free resources on the Foundation Center’s web site.

Kief Schladweiler has been the Foundation Center’s Coordinator of Cooperating Collections since 2005. Prior to that, he served as the Center’s online librarian for several years. He joined the Foundation Center in 1999 after working as a reference librarian for The New York Public Library. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reservations are appreciated. Please call the Stephentown Memorial Library at (518) 733-5750 to reserve a space.

Workshop: Show Me the Money: Grant Writing for Success

What are the basic rules of writing grants? How do you tell your story so that funders will hear it? Come learn:

  • The six steps to grant writing success
  • Mastering the elements of a proposal
  • Communicating with funders
  • How to turn your facts into a compelling story

Presented by Jo-Ann Benedetti and Mary Fellows

Attend either:

  • Wednesday, November 17, 9:30-11:30. East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way
  • Monday, November 22, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland (bring your own lunch; we'll provide beverages and dessert)

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at one of these two workshops is required if you are submitting a 2011 minigrant application, even if you have attended one in the past. Please contact Jo-Ann with questions.

Space is limited at Guilderland; register early. This workshop is open to UHLS staff and volunteers, and is FREE.

To register, email Jo-Ann Benedetti at

Job Opening: Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide at
$8.25 hr. This person will work 30 hours a week with hours that include
evenings and Saturdays. Duties include shelving, running the check-out
desk, helping patrons with the computer and copier, and assisting at
library events. Candidate must have basic computer skills, work well with
children and understand the Dewey Decimal system. Prior library
experience preferred. City resident strongly preferred.

Send resume to:

Rensselaer Public Library
Attn: Jane
676 East Street
Rensselaer NY 12144

Job Announcement: Library Director I

Castleton Public Library – 101 years of service to the community!

The Board of Trustees of Castleton Public Library (founded in 1909) seeks an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced leader to continue its commitment to quality public library service for the Castleton-Schodack community. The Director will work closely with the nine-member Board of Trustees, staff and local stakeholders to develop and articulate a vision for library service, design and implement strategic initiatives, and administer the service program, facility and space planning, fundraising and resource development. See the Library Director Job Description for the complete job description. As an association library, the Castleton Public Library is funded by the Village of Castleton on Hudson, Town of Schodack, Rensselaer County, and private donations, with the Board actively investigating options for sustainable funding.

Castleton on Hudson, a suburban community in Rensselaer County, is home to about 1,600 residents. The Town of Schodack has about 12,000 residents. Located in the greater Capital District, Castleton on Hudson enjoys a strong sense of community, with close proximity to Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga, and the many regional attractions of the area.

Minimum qualifications include possession of a Master’s Degree in library science from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the New York State Education Department, and two (2) years of satisfactory professional library experience in a library of recognized standing. The successful candidate should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership ability and the ability to work collaboratively with Board, staff, elected officials and community groups. Successful experience with grant writing, fundraising and building projects is also highly desirable.

Compensation. The starting salary is $40,000 with an excellent benefits package.

For further information, contact Search Committee Chair Donald McKnight ( Additional information about the Castleton Public Library may be found at our website. Applications must be received via e-mail (MS Word format) and should include a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Send applications to Faith Schottenfeld ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application review will begin on Monday, November 15 2010.

To see a detailed position description click here.



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