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Hooray for May – We are opening the doors & putting out the OPEN flag!

So many wonderful things to share for the month of May! This is a long post so keep reading!
May 1 – reopening for our regular hours and ending appointments.
– Limit of 6 patrons in the building at a time.
– Masks (properly fitting), hand sanitizing, and socially distancing still required
– Quarantining of items ends – returns may be put in book drop or brought into the building
– Item pick up inside the door will continue for those who prefer to pick up their items quickly.
– One public computer will be opened. The 30 minute usage rule will be enforced, even if there is no one else waiting.
– Bathroom will be open to the public.
– We will not be adding toys, magazines, or cake pans back at this time. The board books are back in circulation. Check out Overdrive/Libby for an amazing collection of online magazines.
– We will have one set of shelves filled with books for sale – $.50 each – We know this has been missed. It would be great if buyers had correct change for purchases. And there are many free magazines from over the past year. Please do not bring any magazine donations to us at this time.
– We are all so excited to see everyone again!

May 15 – Puzzle Sale & book donation drop off – 9-12 (rain date 5/16) – The Friends of Poestenkill Library have hundreds of puzzles to sell. 1,000 piece – $5 and smaller puzzles are $3 each. This sale is held on the lawn of the library with puzzles separated by size, and tables distanced from each other. Masks required even at this outdoor event as people tend to crowd in to see the puzzles. If you have puzzles to donate, please call Marcia at 518-283-5353 to arrange a drop off time.
At the same time as the puzzle sale, we will have the doors to the shed open for people to bring closed, stackable boxes of books for donations. (The liquor store in Wynantskill always has a great selection of boxes along the side of the building!) We will not be having a spring Market Day this year, but maybe there will be one in the fall.

May 31 – Applications due for the $1,000 Clement Scholarship for Poestenkill high school seniors. See the April 3, 2021 post for details on how to apply.

There will be a Story Walk installed at the Poestenkill Community Forest on Legenbauer Road this spring. It is a collaboration between the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and the Poestenkill Library and funded by a grant through the Upper Hudson Library System. We will also be installing a Little Free Library at the forest. The library is being built by a local Scout. Watch this site and our Facebook page for more details.

The Poestenkill Library Board of Trustees is both happy and sad to announce the upcoming retirement of Margie Morris, director of the library since October 1999. At the March meeting of the board of trustees, Margie voiced her intention to retire by the end of this year. During her tenure at the library, first as a volunteer and then director, Margie has been instrumental in the establishment and administration of library services in our community. Not surprisingly, Margie brought positive energy and a commitment to best practices to the challenges of providing safe library services during the pandemic. Under her guidance, the library has flourished as a vital community resource while retaining the charm of a welcoming, rural library.
In a letter to the board, Margie wrote (in part): “You all know I love this library and have enjoyed it immensely over the past 29 years I have been a part of it…There are so many, many people in my life who are there because I met them through the library. I can’t imagine not knowing them and I have always been so grateful for the opportunity to have them in my life…I am going to miss having the key to the biggest treasure box of books, but I still have a library card!”
A committee has been formed and is in the preliminary phase of the search for the next director of Poestenkill Library. The search process is expected to take several months.
The board of trustees is grateful for Margie’s dedication to the Poestenkill Library community for 29 years and wish her the best in retirement.

A job posting will be published on this site, in The Advertiser, and on the Upper Hudson Library website by May 1. Closing date for applications will be May 31.

Clement Memorial Scholarship for Poestenkill High School Seniors

10th Annual Clement Memorial Scholarship
The family of Leo & Alma Clement, via the Poestenkill Library, is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of Poestenkill and plans to enter a two- or four- year college program this fall.

The Clement Memorial Scholarship was established for a high school senior who loves reading. It is funded through gifts given by the family of the late Mr. & Mrs. Clement.

Entrants must:

1. Be a Poestenkill resident;

2. Be a High School Senior (or equivalent) from a public, private, or home school who will be attending a two- or four- year college for the 2021-22 school year;

3. Write an essay of 500-750 words on the general subject of “The Love of Reading.”

Scholarship award will be chosen by a committee comprised of Clement family members, the Director of Poestenkill Library, a Library Trustee, and a community member to be chosen by the Board of Trustees. The initial reading of essays will be completed without knowledge of the applicant’s name.

Announcement of Winning Essay:
The essay winner will contacted by June 30, 2021. The scholarship award will be announced on the Poestenkill Library website and in The Advertiser.

1. Essay must be between 500-750 words. Computer-generated is preferred. No specific font or spacing is required. Applicant’s name should not be on essay page.

2. A cover page must also be submitted which includes the following:

Applicant’s name, address, and phone number

High School currently attending (or equivalent)

College attending in the fall

3. Essay should be submitted via email or mail by May 31, 2021. If you prefer to drop it off, please contact the library first for COVID-19 protocol.


Mail: PO Box 305, Poestenkill NY 12140

4. One submission per student.

We sell on eBay!

We have items listed on ebay. We often hold onto items which have been donated to the book sale so they can be sold for a higher price or as a group on ebay, or so they can go to a collector. Check out what we have listed under our user name “pklib0305.” If you are local and are the winning bid, we will remove or refund the shipping costs if the item can be picked up.

More books will be added over the next few weeks as I am cleaning out the upstairs “office” (really a junk room!) and there are a lot of books in there.

We also have 5 brand new puzzles for sale on our Facebook page.

Golden Gate Bridge. 1000 pieces. $10
Dock & Lighthouse. 550 pieces. $8
Backyard Fun. 300 pieces. $8
Shed/tulips. 1000 pieces & glue. $10
Cats in Potting Shed. 1000 pieces. $8 ea (we have 2 of these)

Email me at margie@poestenkilllibrary if you are interested in the puzzles or have any questions about our ebay sales.

Library visit appointments begin on Tuesday, 2/16!

We can’t wait to see you! You may begin to call to book an appointment to browse and check out items at the library. The appointments will start on Tuesday, 2/16.

As before, the time slots are for a 20 minute visit. No more than two people in at a time, unless it is a family. A family of 5 or less may come in together and we will not schedule any other patrons during that time.

– Books should still be returned in the outside book drop.
– Item pickup will continue.
– Please do not bring donations to the library. We are unable to accept them at this time.
– Public computers are still not open.
– Copies and faxes may be done during an appointment.

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