11/7/13 meeting: Nassau Free Library update

Picture 3Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush

Attending (12): April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Terry Brewer, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Stewart Wagner, Charlie Foote, Debbie Rodriguez.

Guests (1): Katherine Chansky.

Program: Nassau Free Library

ChanskyPat Bailey, a member of the Friends of the Library, introduced Katherine Chansky, director of the Nassau Free Library since last spring.

Katherine, a native of Columbia County who earned her master’s in library science at the University at Albany, began by speaking about her new position and some of the differences between her new job and previous positions in other libraries in the Capital Region and in Rhode Island.

She described some of the history of the Nassau library and showed slides of the building and some of the activities, including the children’s summer reading club, the Master Gardener program and the teen chess club.

Katherine also discussed her plans to work with the Library Board to review the mission statement, policies and long-range plans, one of which potentially includes expansion of the building and the parking lot.

She also talked about the challenges of a virtual library, including the use of  “Mail Chimp,” an e-mail marketing program.

She also spoke about a three-year archiving job done by a library volunteer to catalog and preserve a large collection donated to the library.

Katherine then took questions.

April asked about starting a reading club for young people that would incude periodically meeting to discuss what they have been reading. Katherine was enthusiastic about the idea and said she would look into the possibilities, escpcially the periodic discussions.

Bill asked if the library was part of the Upper Hudson Library System. Katherine said it is, and that it uses the “Overdrive” program to download books to an iPad or other device.

Stewart asked about making an appointment for research assistance. Katherine said no appointment is necessary and encouraged everyone to stop by any time for help.

The library, located at 18 Church Street in Nassau,  is open Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 2-8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Sundays. Phone: 766-2715.

The club has made a $200 donation to help support ongoing projects of the library.


• Members who will attend the Rotary Foundation dinner in November will be April and Bill Dowd, Debbie Brown, and Murray and guest Maggie Forth.

• The club’s Holiday Party this year will be held on Thursday, Decenber 19, at the Browns’ residence in Castleton. We again will hold a silent auction for themed gift baskets as a club fundraiser at the dinner.

• A reminder of our ongoing fundraisers: The “Rotary Home Cooking” dinner series, and Hoffman Car Wash tickets — 11 for $100, with 50% of all sales going to the club treasury. They make great stocking stuffers.

• Dick Drumm reported on Russ Edberg. He said he seems content in the assisted living facility, and remains a dues-paying member of the club.

• A board meeting will follow tonight’s meeting.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, November 14, at Quigley’s. Program: Amy Dowd of Stone Hollow Farm & Dowd’s Racing Stable in Stillwater will present a program on training harness racing horses.


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