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New Library Director to begin September 8

The Poestenkill Library Board of Trustees has hired Amanda Martinez-Kirby as the new Library Director. Having relocated to the Capital Region from Pennsylvania, Martinez-Kirby most recently served as the Director of the Western Allegheny Community Library where she expanded library programs and services, in addition to forming lasting partnerships with community organizations and the local school district. From clerk to director, she has relished her work in public libraries and has a particular appreciation for the vital role a library plays in a small, rural town. “Libraries are the beating hearts of small communities,” she said. “They have the ability to adapt to meet people’s needs and to provide something for everyone.” Margie Morris, the Director of the Poestenkill Library since 1999, will retire at the end of the summer. Martinez-Kirby will assume her position on September 8.

Summer Reading & Checkers Library TV

Summer Reading starts July 1 and end August 31! Register at This is open to all ages – PreK 0-4 years, Children 5-12, Teens 13-17, and Adults 18 & up. Record your time spent reading and become eligible for a drawing of a grand prize, at each age level. If you prefer a paper record, you can stop in at the library to pick one up. Be sure to visit the library to see all the new books we have!

New for Summer 2021! 

Checkers Library TV is a weekly half-hour television style show aimed at providing entertainment for children and illustrating the benefits of reading in a fun and exciting way. Library patrons can find these episodes on the Summer Reading link on the right.

This summer, Checkers and his vacuum robot sidekick Snoozer head off on a reading road trip where they will explore the vast world of animals and visit a new animal habitat each week. The 12-episode series will feature many unique animal environments, interviews with animal experts, a new animal craft each week, and many more exciting features that will keep kids on the edge of their seats.

Along the way, the episodes will feature summer health tips from Dr. Dan, crafts and activities with Mrs. Hamilton, book recommendations, science experiments, and much more. (Links will be active as they are released by Checkers TV. )

Stop in to the library and pick up a 26-page packet of activity sheets relating to each week’s episode!

Clement Family Scholarship Winner!

The family of the late Leo & Alma Clement announce Emily Horton as the winner of the 2021 Scholarship. Joan Clement Hayes presented Emily with the $1,000 award. Emily will be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, majoring in Music Business & Production. Congratulations & Best of Luck in your future!

Great news! New mask guidelines effective June 19, 2021

In accordance with the CDC May 2021 guidance, masks are discretionary for vaccinated individuals. Masks and social distancing are still required for all non-vaccinated individuals.

We are mindful that children under 12 have not had the option to be vaccinated and strongly recommend that those visiting the children’s area of the Library wear a face mask. Children 12 & under must wear a mask.

The plexiglass at the circulation desk will remain in place. Our staff has been vaccinated and will use a mask at their discretion.

We ask that you please respect everyone’s personal and private health choices. Providing our community a safe environment is our top priority. For those who are vaccinated, thank you for helping us get to the light at the end of this tunnel. For those who are unable to be vaccinated, we will continue to do what we can to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment at the library. And for those who have not yet been vaccinated, but are eligible, the following link includes resources for finding a local vaccination site:

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