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Members on the Move

Stephen Almasi, Senior Librarian at Coxsackie Correctional Facility, arranged for his inmate book discussion group to participate in the Poughkeepsie Library District’s “Big Read,” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.  The group will be reading “Into the Beautiful North,” by Luis Alberto Urrea, comparing it to segments of the 1960 movie epic “The Magnificent Seven,” as suggested by the NEA, with members of the group producing written essays as responses.

Julia Hannibal, was awarded the 2016 New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSACTE) Tech Grant. Ms. Hannibal and her students at William Floyd Middle School will use the grant money to build Raspberry Pi computers in an after school club. As she wrote in her grant “21st Century students must stay current with trends in technology in order to pursue higher levels of education and employment. Upon graduation, employers are going to assume a certain amount of computer science has been taught throughout the student’s educational career, yet public schools are struggling to incorporate the advances in technology into the classroom.  Working together to create and program these low cost computers allows students to meet this goal.  We can transform teaching and learning through projects like this. This program can keep US students competitive in the world job market.”

Douglas Moore has assumed the position of library director at the Fulton Public Library, Fulton, NY.  Mr. Moore previously served as the Children’s Librarian at the library and was promoted when the previous director, Betty Maute, announced her retirement.  A native of Central NY, Doug graduated from SUNY Albany in 2010 with a Master of Science, Information Science.

Hepburn Library of Madrid celebrates 100 years!
On February 13, 1917, voters in the town of Madrid accepted the gift of a free public library donated by A. Barton Hepburn, a nationally prominent banker, financial advisor and philanthropist.  To mark the occasion, the Hepburn Library of Madrid is gearing up to celebrate 100 years of service to the town of Madrid and the surrounding areas. The celebration starts in January with “A Century of Books and Music” featuring the musical talents of Madrid’s own Josh Barkley.  Other planned activities include a Dr. Seuss birthday party, an open house with a formal tea, a family fun day, gift baskets for Fluffy and Fido for Funny Pet Photos, scholarships for graduating seniors who submit the best essays advocating public libraries, and a salute to the New York’s North Country farming community at harvest time, combined with a food drive for the local food bank. Hepburn Library of Madrid will launch a “Pocket Change” Capital Fundraiser to keep the doors open for another 100 years. We invite all to visit our website: and/or Facebook pages to keep abreast of upcoming events and read a Centennial Fun Fact.

After 29 years as Director of the Longwood Public Library and 5 years at the Port Jefferson Free Library, Suzanne Johnson is retiring. Lisa Jacobs, previously assistant director, has been promoted to Director. Ann Hofbauer has been named as the new assistant director.

Middle Country Public Library’s Mujeres Latina was selected by Suffolk County officials and Long Island Wins representatives as a 2016 Welcoming Week honoree. Honoree’s were chosen for theire outstanding welcoming work and outreach efforts.
Photo Caption: L-R: Loretta Piscatella, Librarian; Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive; Sophia Serlis-McPhillips, Library Director; Leslie Kennedy, Suffolk County Legislator; Rouselyn Ramos, Literacy Assistant.

Corinne Leone, was promoted to Supervising Librarian and Law Library Coordinator of the NYS Department of Corrections & Community Supervision. Ms. Leone was previously Senior Librarian at the Gowanda Correctional Facility.

Erin Hunter has joined the Long Island Library Resources Council as the new Clerical Assistant.

Lisa Neuman has been promoted to Head of Youth Services (Librarian II) at Albany Public Library’s Washington Avenue Branch.

Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay received a grant from the William  G. Pomeroy Foundation for the National Historic Register sign in the  attached photo.  Application information is available at, NYS Historic Grant programs - National Register  of Historic Places Signage Program.  "This grant is available to  commemorate public properties or districts in NYS that are on the  National Register."