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2009 Library Elections April 2, 2009

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This year’s library election will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 from 1:00 P.M.  to 8:00 P.M. at the Galway Town Hall.  The proposed annual budget of $94,700 and vacant library trustee positions will be on the ballot of this public vote.  There are three vacancies on the library board of trustees.  Two five year positions are being vacated by Arlene Rhodes and Christina Sowle, and a three year term is being vacated by Mary Brisson.

If you are interested in running for the Library Board, you have to complete a petition.  This petition is available at the Library and must be returned by 5:00 P.M. on May 4, 2009.  Each petition shall be directed to the Library Clerk of the Galway Public Library, be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the Galway Public Library; must state the name and residence of each signer, and must state the name and residence of the candidate.

If you have any questions about the upcoming election, please direct them to Ashley Poulin, Library Director at (518) 882-6385 or apoulin@sals.edu.


Library Closed January 28th January 28, 2009

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The Galway Public Library will be closed today, January 28th, due to inclement weather.

Open Mic Night January 14, 2009

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The Library will be hosting an Open Mic Night on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m.  Come and read your prose or poetry, or stop by to listen as others read their work.  Light refreshments will be provided.  No registration is required for this event, and we look forward to seeing you there!

New Program! Reading Between the Lines August 21, 2008

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 Free Book Discussion Series Offered at the Galway Public Library


In a unique collaboration, the New York Council for the Humanities has joined forces with the Galway Public Library to offer Reading Between the Lines: Revolution and Rebellion in Early America, a monthly reading and discussion series that runs from September 22, 2008, to January 29, 2009.


Reading Between the Lines offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format with focused thematic discussions led by humanities scholars,” says Council Executive Director Sara Ogger. At the Galway Public Library, the discussion leader will be Mary Sanders Shartle.  She will lead four discussion sessions each focused on a book related to the series theme.  The first book in the series is New York is Burning, by Jill Lepore.


Participants in the series read works of non-fiction and works of literature that are discussed within an historical context. The program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required. For more information about series dates and acquiring books, please contact Ashley Poulin at 882-6385.


Reading Between the Lines is designed to promote lively, informed conversation about humanities themes and strengthen the relationship between humanities institutions and the public. Reading Between the Lines series are currently being held in communities across New York State. The project is supported by the We The People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The New York Council for the Humanities is a private, non-profit organization that helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry and civic participation. To find out more about the Council visit www.nyhumanities.org


Reading Between the Lines for Adults was developed in partnership with the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of either the Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

New adult books for August! July 28, 2008

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The Safety of Secrets, by Delaune Michel

The Wednesday Sisters, by Meg Waite Clayton

No One Tells Everything, by Rae Meadows

My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare, by jess Winfield

*Position Filled – Thank You* November 7, 2007

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Part-Time Library Clerk Position Available at the Galway Public Library 

Average 10 hours a week; $7.25 per hour


Thursdays 2pm -8pm

Every other Friday 2pm -6pm

Alternating Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Substitute on an as-needed basis

 Applicant should be comfortable working with people of all ages.  High School degree or equivalent required.  Library experience helpful but not required.

Duties include:

· Work at Circulation Desk, checking books in and out. Placing reserves on items. Collecting fines. Processing interlibrary loans. Processing overdues. Registering new borrowers. Barcoding new materials

· Assist PatronsSearch the library catalog for materials, Search databases and the Internet for information

· Read shelves for accuracy of order; reshelving materials as needed 

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:

Chris Havens, Library Director

Galway Public Library

PO Box 207

Galway, NY 12074

Or email to: chavens@sals.edu 

We are so proud of the Story Quilt. October 22, 2007

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We are pleased to announce that the Story Quilt project of the Galway Public Library has won the 2007 Joseph F. Shubert Award for Library Excellence from the New York State Library.  This award recognizes the efforts of individual libraries and/or library systems in all of New York State that have initiated innovative and/or exemplary programs aimed towards enhancing library services for their constituents.

This is a high honor indeed for our small library and for our big hearted community.  We can all be proud of this accomplishment – both individually and collectively.


Learn more about the story quilt project by clicking on the link on our website www.galwaypubliclibrary.org.

What’s new in books? October 17, 2007

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Hey while you are visiting the upgraded catalog site notice the new stuff button. Its right there in the upper right hand corner. Its takes you to a list of new stuff but don’t be fooled. That’s not all the new stuff. look a the left hand bar on the same page for new best sellers buttons. Come on … go check it out …It’s F U N.

Check out the “new” catalog October 17, 2007

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Hi Everyone,

The library catalog has been upgraded. There is a new spelling helper. It’ll say  “Did you mean?…..” and make some suggestions. Some people like it some do not. Please let us know if you have any problems.

 Notice the availability button after you search for something. It will tell you if Galway Public Library owns it and gives you the option to see if any other libraries in our system own it. Remember you can borrow things from other libraries in our region. We can have it sent here for you to pick up.

Happy Searching!


It’s Nice to Meet You August 22, 2007

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Hello everyone,

I’m the new Libray Director. My name is Chris Havens. My family and I just moved to the area from Arizona.

One of the first questions I get is, “Why move here?”. The truth is I was brought up in Connecticut and this part of New York has always been my personal vision of heaven. I missed the seasons in Arizona. I look forward to the crisp smell of fall, quiet snowy nights in front of the fire, the explosion of spring flowers, and lazy summer afternoons by the lake with a good book.

Now that’s answered let me tell you a little about myself. My husband and I have been married for 26 years and have four  children, two in high school and two adults. We have a beautiful granddaughter too.  I have  a BA in Social Relations with Business Adminstration from Eastern Connecticut State University, and a Certificate in Library Science Technology from Mesa Community College in Arizona. I ran the school library at Valley Academy (grades K-8) in Phoenix, Arizona for seven years.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help this library continue to grow in new directions. Please contact me at the library or through this blog site with comments and suggestions.