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6th Annual Leo B Clement Memorial Scholarship – deadline 5/31/16

The Poestenkill Library Board of Trustees is pleased to offer a $500 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. This is the fifth year this award has been offered.

The Leo B. Clement Memorial Scholarship is funded by a generous gift from Alma Clement in memory of her late husband. Mrs. Clement established this fund specifically for scholarship purposes to a high school senior who loves reading.


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 2016-17 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 Mrs. Alma Clement, two 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 15, 2016. The scholarship award will be announced on the Poestenkill Library website and in The Advertiser. The scholarship check for $500 will be awarded at the Poestenkill Library.


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, mail, or in person at the library by May 31, 2016.


Mail: PO Box 305, Poestenkill NY 12140

In person during library hours

4. One submission per student.

News from the library

Event planning survey – Sara has created a brief survey to help plan programs for the upcoming season. Please use this link Event Survey to complete the survey online or stop in the library and fill out a paper copy. Thank you for your input.

Spring Market Day – May 14th – The Friends of Poestenkill Library are organizing for Market Day. They are in need of helpers to set up and take down that day. They also need some volunteers to help on a few of the tables. If you have just a couple of hours to spare that day, we could use your assistance. It is a fun event to be a part of; people love to visit and browse for bargains. Market Day is from 9am to 1pm, with set up beginning at 7am and take down at 1pm. Please call or stop in at the library to sign up to help out. Rain date is Sunday, May 15th. Thank you!

Museum Passes – There are passes to two museums available for a 3-day loan.
USS Slater – for 2 adults & 2 children ($28 value)
Clark Art – for 1 adult admission ($20 value)

Online Magazines! Great selections!

The 29 member libraries of the Upper Hudson Library System (Albany & Rensselaer Counties) offer an amazing selection of magazines to view online through Overdrive. The magazines have been available for a while and patrons are raving about them. The Overdrive link to the right will take you to the magazine collection. Their online help offers great step-by-step directions for accessing the magazines. The first thing you need to do is download the NOOK app, regardless of what device you are using. I read magazines on my iPad and I love it! I am so surprised by the variety of titles I can choose. And more are being added as they become available. I hope you get a chance to check it out. I would much rather be reading current magazines while I am waiting for a doctor, than something that is a year or two old! Try it, I think you’ll be hooked!
Margie Morris, Director

The Holiday Lights goal was exceeded!! Thank you!!

The Friends of Poestenkill Library are happy to announce that the 2015 Holiday Lights goal of $7,000 was reached and exceeded! A total of $7,478 was raised as of January 12, 2016. The Friends, library trustees, and staff are so grateful for the generosity of the library patrons and supporters. Our dear Friend Eva Gemmill would have been very proud of this successful Holiday Lights Appeal. Thank you to all who contributed to this year’s appeal.

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