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Library Spotlight

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Up first is the Guilderland Public Library located in Guilderland, NY (home of NYLA!), immediately west of Albany.

1. What is the size of the community you service?

Guilderland's population, according to the 2010 Census, is 35,000 people in some 14,000 households.

2. What is your library's budget?

The Library's 2012/2013 budget is $3.425 million.

3. How do you communicate with patrons?

We communicate with patrons by almost every means available. In addition to a quarterly print newsletter, we reach out to our customers through social media, an e-mail news channel, and, of course, our website at

4. What are your most popular programs?

The Summer Reading Club is a guaranteed annual hit, as is our yearly Family Fun Day. The Second Sunday Concert Series we host every spring draws huge crowds to our largest meeting room (it holds 200 people). And we have to use our Main Reading Room (capacity 400 or so) when we host our Carol J. Hamblin Notable Authors Speakers Series. That program has hosted Joyce Carol Oates, Jeff Shaara, Joseph E. Persico, Paul Grondahl, Gregory Maguire, Tim Green, Ela Stein Weissberger, Will Moses, New Yorker magazine Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff, and most recently Lincoln historian and author Harold Holzer.

5. What else would you like to tell us about your library?

The Guilderland Public Library is, quite simply, "Guilderland's Gathering Place." The town does not have a center in the traditional sense, so people come to the Library to read, have a cup of coffee, borrow books, CDs, DVDs, and eReaders. Quite a few customers prefer downloading eBooks to their eReaders here rather than doing it on their home computers. In addition, all the concerts, author talks, and cultural events hosted in our public spaces means we have a constant stream of people coming in.