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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.