Volunteer of the Year – Upper Hudson Library System

Joan Hayes proudly displays the Volunteer of the Year award that the Friends of Poestenkill Library received from the Upper Hudson Library System on June 8th, 2011. The Friends were honored at the 50th Annual Dinner of the Upper Hudson Library System during a Hudson River cruise on the Captain J.P.

The many volunteers that make up the core of the Friends, and the many more Friends who help out at special events, provide invaluable service to the Poestenkill Library. The Spring and Fall Market Days sponsored by the Friends and the annual Holiday Lights Appeal raise funds to contribute to the operation of the library and help make ends meet. Many hours of planning and hard work make these endeavors wonderful community events and play a key part in promoting the Poestenkill Library and its services.

The value of the Friends of Poestenkill Library cannot be measured just by the amount of money they raise. It is their enthusiasm and dedication to the Poestenkill Library that helps to make the library the success that it is.

Congratulations to this great group of volunteers! It is well deserved!

Outstanding Public Library Building Award – New York Library Association – Public Libraries Section

In October 2001, the New York Library Association – Public Libraries Section gave three Outstanding Public Library Building Awards. Poestenkill Library received a plaque along with $500 at the Annual Dinner during the NYLA Conference held in Albany. The other two libraries were Broome County Public Library, a 72,000 square foot state of the art facility and Suffern Free Library, also a state of the art building at 36,000 square feet. Poestenkill Library’s square footage is only 2100.

Niagara Mohawk Community Renaissance Award

At the beginning of November 2001, we were notified that Poestenkill Library had received one of Niagara Mohawk’s Community Renaissance Awards. These awards were given to four community projects from 58 applicants. In addition to our award, the H. H. Richardson Community Landmark, the others were:

  • Little Falls Waterfront Revitalization Project – Thomas Edison Lighting Award
  • Marcy Building Project in Watertown – H. H. Richardson Community Landmark
  • Paper Mill Island Project, in Baldwinsville – Frederick Law Olmstead Community Planning Award

We received this award at the 4th Annual Economic Development Academy breakfast on November 29, 2001 in Saratoga Springs.

Community Beautification Award – Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Two days after we learned of the Niagara Mohawk award, we were notified that we had won one of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Beautification Awards. We received the Community Achievement Award, given for outstanding efforts which enhance the community’s physical environment, at a dinner on November 28, 2001.


We are extremely proud and grateful for the recognition of these awards. They would not have been possible without the untiring support of the Poestenkill Community. Two of the three awards are given specifically for community efforts and in writing the applications for these awards, we emphasized the extent of the support we had received. The Poestenkill Town Green Committee, that did the beautiful landscaping around the library, is to be thanked many times over as it is their effort that makes the library look as wonderful as it does to all those that pass by.

The applications for all three of these awards were meticulously prepared by Dorothea Fisher, Sue McLaren and Eva Gemmill. Thank you very much for the hours of work that went into getting these applications ready to be submitted. Look at the results!