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A quarterly report from Richards Library

With the snow now melted away, we can again all see the billboard on the Richards Library lawn depicting the funds needed to finish the library expansion project.

The library trustees have been actively campaigning for additional funds from various agencies, local town boards and other government panels.

In January, Richards Library director Sarah Farrar attended a workshop detailing about the new "Overdrive" system which will allow all patrons of the library, when it's activated, to download entire books on their home computer.

This represents a new and exciting addition to our library services.

In February, Farrar and trustee Susan Jennings traveled to Albany for Library Lobbying Day. They met with state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) and state Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury). Library staff members from all over the state attended. Everyone was seeking additional funds for libraries. Although the library lobbyists expressed the needs of their patrons, they in return were given meager assurance that the budget would offer the libraries even the funding level of prior years.

However, the politicians did offer suggestions and additional networking sources.

In March, Richards Library Board of Trustees President Roderic Kenyon spoke before the Warrensburg Central School Board expressing the library board's concern over the budget cuts, especially those concerning library funds. Susan Jennings spoke to her Thurman Town Board asking for the board to offer support to fund the free services the library provides to Thurman citizens.

The library has had a notable increase in computer usage for job seekers as well as those who are filing their taxes on the Internet. Also, the library was presented with two beautifully crafted oak display cases from Girl Scout Troop No. 3146 of Warrensburg. Also, the troop purchased 200 young-adult books to help expand the library's inventory. The board expresses its heartfelt thanks for the donations.

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