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Friends of the Library celebrate "Library Week"

CHESTERTOWN At a meeting Oct. 1, the Town Board of Chester passed a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 19-25, Friends of the Library Week. The Friends of the Town of Chester Library were officially established in 1994 as a nonprofit fund raising group for the library and have raised over $95,000 for the library to date. Currently over 150 community members contribute annually to the Friends and nearly 20 of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include the summer and winter book sales and the wine-tasting and silent auction held in the spring. They are once again planning four Author Series to be held during Fall/Winter 2008-2009. The first will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of the Town of Chester Municipal Center. They have invited Rosemary Miner, a mystery writer, to come and share her stories as to how she chose her topics to write her published books. After Miner retired in 1986 as a Niskayuna High School teacher she turned to writing crime. Her first historical murder mystery, was Once Upon a Time to Die For. Her other published books are: Lies and Logs to Die For, Adirondack Bridgebuilder from Charleston: The Life and Times of Robert Cogdell Gilchrist. Miner lived in Wevertown for many years before relocating to Queensbury. She has a Bachelors Degree in early childhood education from the State University of New York Colleges at Plattsburgh and a masters degree in American studies from Union College in Schenectady. She began writing for her high school and college newspapers. After her retirement and moving to Wevertown, she turned to nonfiction. Her focus changed, however, when she met mystery writer, Anne White, in a writing class led by Pulitzer Prize-winner Oscar Hijuelos at the Lake George Arts Project. Mark your calendar to come out to hear this interesting author speak. A representative from Red Fox Book Store of Glens Falls will also be on hand with a selection of Ms. Miners books for sale.

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