Fun at the Community Ice Cream Social on Aug. 25:



Canvas painting with Sarah 8/19/17!

Canvas painting with Sarah 8/19/17!

Playful Clay: Bird's Nest Candle Holder

Playful Clay: Bird’s Nest Candle Holder 8_2017

Playful Clay: Masks 7_2017

Playful Clay: Masks 7_2017










The Galway School District Vote on the construction of a new Library Building will be held along with the Library Annual Budget Vote and Board of Trustees Election.  It will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 10AM to 8PM at the Galway Town Hall, 5910 Sacandaga Rd, Galway, NY.

The plan to be voted on is smaller and less costly than the one previously proposed. The Board of Trustees has held several meetings with community representatives, gathering feedback on the kind of library building which community residents can support, to provide the services residents need and want.  

There will be a public information meeting at the Library on June 7 at 7PM to discuss the budget and the new building.

PROPOSITION #1:    “Shall the budget for the Galway Public Library for the fiscal year 2017-2018 be approved and the amount of $154,340 be raised for such purpose by taxes levied on all the taxable real property within the Galway Central School District?”       

PROPOSITION #2:  Shall (1) the Board of Trustees of the Galway Public Library (the “Library”) be authorized to construct a new Library building to be located on East Street in Galway, New York, including the acquisition of equipment, machinery, apparatus, appurtenances, site work and other improvements, and expenses in connection therewith, at an estimated maximum cost of $2,567,000, and expend such sum for such purpose; and (2) the Board of Education of the Galway Central School District (the “District”) be authorized to levy the necessary tax therefor, to be levied and collected in annual installments in such years and in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education; and in anticipation of the collection of such tax, issue bonds and notes of the District at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $1,150,000, and levy a tax to pay the interest on said obligations when due?

Voting Information:

Petitions for trustee candidates are available at the library and need to be returned to the library with signatures no later than 30 days prior to the vote (May 14). More information and member qualifications are available here: Board of Trustees Positions

There will be voter registration days on May 2 and May 31 from 7:30AM to 3:30PM at the school.

Absentee ballots may be applied for at the school office from Linda Casatelli.  Applications must be received by her at least 7 days prior to the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or on or prior to June 13, 2017, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.  The absentee ballots must be received by Linda Casatelli no later than 5PM on June 14, 2017. 

VACANCIES ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:  To elect three (3) Trustees of the Galway Public Library for either the remaining years of a five-year term or for one of two five-year terms: one commencing on June 14, 2017 and expiring June 30, 2020, to succeed Paul Ashman who resigned effective March 2, 2017, and who had been appointed to the seat vacated by Jim Hodsoll who resigned effective November 3, 2016; and two commencing on July 1, 2017 and expiring on June 30, 2022, to succeed Phyllis Keeler and Arlene Rhodes.


Galway Public Library is looking for a  Library Technology Clerk to join our team! Details of the position are available here: Library Technology Clerk position.

October 22, 2016, the Galway Public Library, the Galway Players and the Galway Preservation Society joined together for an evening of celebrating the Galway community with a performance of poems from our book Story Quilt: Poems of a Place.


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Our new sidewalk is complete! Cement Works did the work, which was paid for by a SALS Construction Grant. Thank you! It will be so much easier for everyone to enter now!

Story Fest August 9, 2016: storyfest flyer; Press Release for StoryFest; Gazette article Galway volunteer promotes ideas for town library


Jim Best’s Playful Clay, July-August:


The Board of Trustees of the Galway Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Debra Flint to the position of Library Manager, effective July 1, 2016. Learn more about Deb and her goals for the library here: Deb Flint. Congratulations, Deb!

GPL Summer 2016 Survey


Thank you, voters! The budget passed, with 87 yes votes, and 9 no votes. Donna Erickson was elected to a four-year term and Judy Knowlton was elected to a two-year term.

Thank you to Luke Burgess, a Galway Eagle Scout candidate, who completed his project and donated it to the library. This handy box of stacking compartments now holds the littleBits for our Tinker Tuesday program, keeping everything neat, and safely out of the reach of small children!

We are pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a 2016 SALS Construction Challenge Grant. Funds will allow us to  replace our walkway to the entrance to the library.

PUBLIC NOTICE:  Annual Library Elections—Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 1PM to 8 PM at the Galway Public Library, 5264 Sacandaga Rd

All registered voters of the Galway Central School District are eligible to vote on the annual appropriation of the library in the amount of $148,500.

There will also be two vacancies on the Board of Trustees listed on the ballot.  Both positions are to fulfill the remainder of current five-year terms.  Both are at large, and one term ends in 2018 and the other ends in 2020. Candidates for the positions are: Judith Knowlton and Donna Erickson


Galway Public Library 2016-2017 Budget

Public Notice Of Vacancy 2016: information on how to run for one of the positions available on the Board of Trustees.

Participants in our Rug Hooking program had a chance to learn a fun new activity.

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town hall o'conorMany thanks to Ray O’Conor for his fascinating presentation about his book, She Called Him Raymond, on January 23. A signed copy, which he donated, was awarded to an attendee of the presentation. The book is available at the library! O'Conor


Here you will find archived material from 2015.

Join us October 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to hear about Amy David’s whirlwind nature tour of California this summer. She hiked in the Sierra near Lake Tahoe, beach-combed around Arcata and Trinidad on the north coast, visited Ventura, and stayed in San Jose in Silicon Valley. She will show photographs and items she collected on her three week trip. Seating is limited so please be sure to register!

October – December 2015 program brochure

The results of the referendum on the Galway Public Library’s new building project, held on September 23, were 449 no votes and 396 yes votes. The library Board of Trustees thanks all those who have worked so hard with them over the last several years to develop the project, and everyone who voted during the referendum. The library respects the views of those who did not support the referendum. As we move forward, the board will redouble its efforts to solicit input from all members of the community on what they will support. Contact the library at 882-6385 or email 

2014-2015 Proposed Building Project

IMG_0471Thanks to Dan Berggren for performing at our August 23rd Sundae Social on the new library property, and to all who made it a success!  See our Facebook page for more photos.


The community is invited Sunday, August 23, 2015, for a Sundae Social on the library’s new property site on East Street in Galway across from St. Mary’s, from 2:00 – 5:00, rain or shine. Join us for ice cream sundaes and an afternoon of free entertainment and family fun. See the footprint of the building staked out, walk the nature trails, and imagine the new library. Bring a chair and relax while enjoying the performance by folksinger Dan Berggren, beginning at 3:00.
Information Meetings about the referendum and building plans held: Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m. at Galway Town Hall; Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m. at West Charlton Firehouse,1293 Eastern Ave.; Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. at Providence Town Hall

June_2015 brochure

In compliance with a New York State construction aid grant awarded during the fall of 2014, it is necessary for the library to complete site improvements to the East Street property.  Galway Public Library Board of Trustees.

Thank you voters!  We appreciate our library supporters!

2015-2016 BUDGET:      YES   73      NO   6       PASSED

BOARD OF TRUSTEES:  Raymond J. Hodsell     77      Elected to a five-year term of office

Did you see the library float in the Memorial Day parade? It was great, thanks to our talented volunteers:
Children – Kadence Aldrich, Will Anuszewski, Emma & Max Carusone, Vanessa Colangelo, Elisabeth & Julianne LaBreche, Kimberly Martin, Madison Moules, Hannah Thompson, Ella Underwood, and Chloe, Natalie & Siela Zembsch
Adults – Amy David, Ray David, Deb & Roger LaBreche, H. Richard Rhodes and our driver Tim Vandenburgh!

Thank you to the 6th graders who joined the Glenville Hills Garden Club on May 20th community cleanup day. The following did a fantastic job raking and cleaning up around the library: Isabella Mancini, Joey Scheeren, Braden Boudreau, Brandon Smith, Ryan Ripepi, and Amaya Hillard.

We are pleased to announce that Galway Public Library is the recipient of a Southern Adirondack Library System 2015 Early Adapter Technology Grant. In collaboration with Galway Central School, we are offering a Tinker Tuesday after school Program, which features littleBits technology and promotes STEM and STEAM education. Plus it’s fun! The Tinker Thursday sessions are open to all who want to try out the technology.  You can learn more about littleBits here and here. Be sure to look at the photos and videos on our Facebook page to see examples of what we’ve been making!

Forum on Human Trafficking


Galway Public Library has been offered an opportunity to collaborate with a local community partner to benefit our library’s new building capital campaign. Home Made Theater in Saratoga has selected GPL as beneficiary of half the proceeds for up to 100 tickets sold for the April 17 production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Only purchases made on April 7th, 8th and 9th using the promotional code HelpGPL will benefit the library.

April brochure

March 2015 brochure

Celebrate Pooh

Winter brochure 2015

BestHow would you like to learn to paint something like this piece?! Sarah Best will teach you on Jan. 20, at 3:00 in her Arts & Crafts class. Registration is required so we’re sure to have supplies available for everyone. All ages are invited to attend this class taught by one of our former Featured Artists of the Month.


Here you will find archived material from 2014.

Congratulations to five-year-old Maggie! She’s happy to give the Hand-crafted Rocking Horse a new home! The filly has a new name too – Maggie calls her Golden Girl.Thanks to all who gave donations, $1266 was raised toward making the children’s area in the new library a happy place for our community’s kids to read and play and learn!


Come see our Hand-crafted Rocking Horse on display at the library from November 29 to December 6. Her new home will be chosen on December 6th! Be sure you’ve made your $5 donation and have your ticket by then!

November brochure2014

Are you planning to give books as gifts this holiday season? You can make a difference for the Galway Public Library! Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga, has offered us a “book fair day” on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Mention that you are there to support the Galway Public Library and 10% of your sales total will be donated to the library.

October Programs 2014

The library is looking for a person or company to clean our library!  If you are interested and have your own insurance please send proposals, questions, concerns, or requests for appointment to Michol Tuttle via email at, by mail at 5264 Sacandaga Rd. Galway, NY 12074, or in person. Deadline is September 18, 2014.

Thanks to the Ballston Spa National Bank and Stewart’s Shops for supporting our Summer Reading Program. It is also supported in part by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services grant program.


Summer 2014 Quarterly

Summer 2014 Quarterly       Pay It Forward



As part of the Summer Reading Program, we’re again offering Movies in the Park, thanks to the Friends of the Galway Public Library. Fridays are Family Nights; Saturdays are Date Nights or Teen Nights. 



Two children or adults who have participated in the program will receive a Kindle in a random drawing on August 29th during the end-of-Summer-Reading party! Summer Reading Program party at Bill’s Dugout! August 29th from 2:00 – 4:00. If you’ve registered for the Summer Reading Program and logged in your books/hours of  reading by August 28th you’re invited for free pizza and drinks at Bill’s Dugout!  You’ll receive a certificate of completion and tickets for a Chinese raffle, which will include all sorts of prizes, from rings, to books, to Kindle!




Petitions are now available for members of the public (18 years or older) who reside in the Galway Central School District and are interested in running on June 10, 2014 to serve on the Library Board of Trustees.  Elections will be held to fill two five-year terms and one two-year term.

All seats are “at large” which means that each nominee for a seat on the Board is eligible for every vacancy rather than only for a specific seat. The candidate with the most votes will serve the five-year term of office. The candidate with the second-highest number of votes will serve the two-year term of office.

Applicants may be incumbents or new candidates.

Petitions may be picked up at the Galway Public Library, and must be returned to the library no later than 30 days prior to the election date.

 Anyone picking up a petition must sign his or her name, address, and phone number on a sheet that will be provided.  This information is retained by the Library and is required.  Each petition comes with an information sheet entitled Board of Trustees Petition Information, which provides prospective candidates with information about what the petition entails.

  • Must be able to read and write
  • Must be a qualified voter of the district, that is, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older, and not adjudged to be an incompetent (Note: a convicted felon is barred from running for a seat on a school board if his or her maximum prison sentence has not expired or if he or she has not been pardoned or discharged from parole)
  • Must be and have been a resident of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election, but need not be a taxpayer
  • May not have been removed from any library office within the preceding year
  • May not reside with another member of the same library board as a member of the same family
  • May not be a current employee of the library board
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office

Any questions may be directed to Michol Tuttle,

Library Director, at 882-6385 or


June brochure 2014

April Programs 2014


Here you will find archived material from 2013.

Kids Together

Join NY Council for the Humanities scholar facilitators for monthly books to discuss with kids and parents.

Kids! Winter Photo Contest!

Congratulations to all the Winter Photo Contest winners! In the 14 -18 age group: 1st place – Emily de la Rocha, age 15 and 2nd place – Austen Halpern-Graser, age 15. In the 13 and under group, 1st place – Julianne LaBreche, age 12  and 2nd place – Alex Malanoski, age 10.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and to Bob Thorpe (Wildlife Photographer, contest sponsor/judge).

 Two age groups: 13 and under, &14 -18

Contest begins Feb. 1 and ends March 15, 2013

  • All photos must be of a winter scene. Photos must be recent and taken in the local region. (Galway, Saratoga, Adirondacks, Lake George, etc)
  • Submit up to two photos.
  • Print name and phone number on the back of each print.
  • All prints must be 8×10 or larger.
  • Drop off at the Galway Public Library.
  • Winning photos will be based on subject matter, general
    interest, and composition.
  • 1st and 2nd place winners will receive their choice of a DVD or movie pass to a local theater.
  • All winning photos will be displayed at the library.

Sponsored by local photographer Bob Thorpe & the Stew Kimball Fund

 Pushing the Limits 2013

 See a list of all books and videos in the series.

Galway Public Library has received a $2,500 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host “Pushing the Limits: Making Sense of Science,” a four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults in communities served by rural libraries. The library is one of 20 public libraries chosen as pilot sites to host the series that will be expanded to 100 additional rural libraries based on experience from the pilot phase.

Since the beginning of time, humans have imagined and achieved ways to push the boundaries of the physical world. We want to be stronger, smarter, and more aware, and we create stories to bring those dreams to life. But many of those stories are no longer just stories; and with great new advances in science and technology, we are finding ways in which all of us are able to push the limits every day.

The Pushing the Limits program will explore these ideas in discussions led by a STEM professional (science, technology, engineering, math) using a blended science café and book club model that will include feature film quality videos and a recommended (popular) book reading. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories and real science.

The national program is the work of a unique team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from Dartmouth College, The Association for Rural and Small Libraries, The Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University– with generous funding from the National Science Foundation.

The Galway Public Library Pushing the Limits programs will begin March 25, 2013, and will be  held on the fourth Monday of each month for four consecutive months at 7 pm at the library (third Monday in May.)

Amy David, a botanical  illustrator who holds a Masters in Science Education and Ecology, will lead the discussion at  each session.

For registration or information visit or call 518-882-6385. All programs are free admission. The library is located at 5264 Sacandaga Rd. Galway NY

Programs are scheduled for the fourth Monday of the month (third Monday in May) from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required.

NATURE – HUMAN NATURE  March 25, 2013-  When the Killing’s Done    by T.C. Boyle Human Interest Video:  Cameron Clapp, Triple Amputee Tri-AthleteCameron Clapp is an adrenaline junkie and risk taker who is trying to meld his nature to more useful pursuits.  He is also a triple amputee, with one prosthetic arm and two prosthetic legs. Losing his limbs in a train accident as a teenager, Cameron has never let his injuries stand in the way of his dreams to compete in a triathlon – a feat not easily undertaken when he can’t feel the pedals strapped to his shoes.
SURVIVAL April 22-  Arctic Drift  by Clive Cussler Human Interest Video:  Julie and Cory Shrum, Combine Demolition Derby CompetitorsHusband and wife Cory and Julie Shrum work hard and play hard. Farming is in their blood, but believe it or not, so are combine demolition derbies. Growing up as multigenerational cattle, wheat, and alfalfa farmers, this newlywed couple also engineers, decorates, and competes with their combines. Only the strong survive.
CONNECTION  May 20-  Thunderstruck  by Erik Larson Human Interest Video:  Roxanne SwentzellRoxanne Swentzell was born with a speech impediment that made it hard to communicate with the world around her, until the first time she began to work in clay.  She is now a prominent ceramic sculptor whose works are represented in museums around the world, and she is a founder of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute in New Mexico.  She and her now grown children (Rose and Porter) constantly endeavor to listen to the past and to leave an important message for the future, connecting generations across time.
KNOWLEDGE  June 24-  Land of the Painted Caves  by Jean Auel Human Interest Video:  Sean Brock, Celebrity ChefSean Brock is a successful chef who has two Charleston, South Carolina restaurants and two James Beard awards to his credit, but he’s not satisfied.  His restaurants are a means to pursue his ambition of revitalizing the culinary knowledge of the golden age of Southern Cuisine by reviving heirloom crops, recovering rare livestock, and applying his knowledge of molecular gastronomy in his recipes.


Summer Reading 2013 for Children Sat., June 22-August 24, 2013 

“Dig into Reading!”- This year’s theme is about discovering all that is right beneath our feet in real and imaginary undergrounds. Our grand prize this summer is a Kindle – so be sure to read lots of books!

Exploring creativity in the Sciences and Arts with Evelyn
Families reading together! Through discussions of a variety of  books and related activities, we’ll dig into the many facets of creativity, uncover the traits of creative people, and stretch our ideas about our own creativity. Ages 7 and up with parent/guardian. Pre-registration encouraged. July 9, 23 & Aug.13, 27 6:30– 7:30pm. To view the list of books we’ll be reading, click here:  Summer Reading – Exploring Creativity Books.

Discover Plants, Water and Insects, with naturalist Amy David. Uncover nature—plants, water, and insects– in an action and inquiry–based exploration.  Field –trips to local nature preserves included. Ages 5 and up.  3-4pm June 25, 26, 27, July 2,3, 9,10,11, 16,17

Dig Deep into the Arts 
Local artist Nancy McGrath provides instruction in the arts on the following themes; Archeology – Digging into the Past ; Garden Colors– design and plant a garden at the library; Botanical drawing; Digging for Clay– make your own coil built sculpture; Earthwork Artists—make your own mud boy or girl sculpture;  Ages 8 and up. Pre-registration required. June 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, Aug 8, 15, Aug 22. 4:00pm-5:30pm .

Dig into Art with the Tang – Create your own personages incorporating wire, word and a small plastic shovel to help dig into art with Skidmore’s Tang Art and Teaching Museum staff. Grades 1 and up. Pre-registration encouraged. Wednesday, July 24, 3:00-4:00pm.

Weekly Story Time for Pre-K Children– Weekly Tuesdays, 4:30pm-5:00pm.  Walk-ins welcome!

Children’s Cartooning Ages 3 and up. Create your own characters or learn how to draw the famous characters! Ages 3 and up. 4:00-5:00pm June 19, June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug, 7, 14, 21, 28

Children’s Museum Passes  Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST),  Children’s Museum of Innovation and Science (MiSci), Saratoga Children’s Museum, and the Hyde Museum.

Children’s Educational Handheld devices. Try out the Nabi and Vinci android tablets– preloaded with educational games and programs!

Summer program highlights for Adults & Teens


Back to the Basics in Clay! 
2013 Pottery Classes with local artist James Best.  A pottery creation series dedicated to creating your own slab-formed platter or leaf bowl, a coil-built vessel, and a slab-built casserole dish with local potter Jim Best. For teens and adults. Adults $20 materials fees. Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm, July 10, 17, 24,31 Aug, 7. Pre-registration required. Funded by the Story Quilt Arts and Literary Fund.

Movies by Moonlight in the Galway Village Park Join us weekly Wednesday evenings in the Galway Village Park for family friendly and PG-13 films. Refreshments available. Dusk 7:30- 8:00pm. Wednesdays starting June 19, 2013.

Cartooning for Pleasure and Profit  Work with published cartoonist Len Power and learn the techniques of drawing and writing cartoon panels for magazines and newspapers! For older teens and adults. 5:30-6:30pm. Wed. June 19, 26.

How to Write for TV Animation. For Teens and Adults. Learn how to create an animated TV series, write a script for an existing TV series and learn how to sell the finished products. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, July 24, 31

Digital Film Making. Teens and Adults. Learn the basics of digital filmmaking. Writing, directing, etc. from pre- to post- production.  5:30-6:30pm Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14

Pitching Hollywood: How to sell your TV and movie ideas. This class teaches you how to find or create a great idea, shows what makes an idea a great one and provides you with the email addresses of Hollywood TV and  movie producers who may read your idea and contact you if they are interested in developing it. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm July 10, 17

Summer Song Writing Workshops: Write it, Sing it and Dig It! Teens and adults, join local musician and songwriter J.R Hewitt in a series of five 1.5 hr work sessions. Students will learn simple rhyme, song structure, verse rhyme, compose a tune for their song, record their song in voice and instrumental and be provided with their own  master song CD to take home. Pre–registration required, with five students needed to run the class.  6:30-8:00pm  on Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Magic: the Gathering! Teens ages 16 and up. Play the number-one trading card game with your peers. Share cards, strategy and fun, while watching a movie and having some snacks! 6:00 pm on June 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5

This publication was supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services

This publication was supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services grant program.


  • Thank you voters! The library budget passed, with a vote of 85 for, 10 against. Neil Goes and Edwin Pike were elected to the two seats on the Board of Trustees.

The 2013 Galway Public Library elections will be held on Tuesday,  June 4,  2013, at the Galway Public Library, 5264 Sacandaga Rd. from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at which time the polls will be opened to vote by paper ballot upon the following:

1) Shall the budget for the Galway Public Library for the fiscal year 2013-2014 be approved and the amount of $117,750 be raised for such purpose by taxes levied on all the taxable real property within the Galway Central School District?

2)  To elect two (2) trustees of the GALWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY to fill one (1) five-year term and one (1) two-year term commencing July 1, 2013. The two candidates are Edwin Pike and Neil Goes.

A public information meeting on these items set forth to be voted upon will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 7:00 PM at the Galway Public Library.

All registered voters in the Galway Central School district are eligible to vote in the library election. Absentee ballots are available at the library.

Proposed 2013-2014 Budget presentation May 28
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Agenda Apr 17 2013

Agenda Feb 6 2013

Agenda Feb 20 2013

Agenda Fund Dev Jul 10 2013

Agenda Jul 1 2013

Agenda Jun 19 2013

Agenda Mar 20 2013

Agenda May 15 2013

Agenda Oct 1 2013

Agenda Sept 3 2013


Here you will find archived material from 2012.

Community Annual Report 2012

Annual Report 2013


GPL Board Minutes – 121112

GPLBoardMinutes010213 (.pdf)

GPLBoardMinutes121912  (.pdf)

GPL Board Minutes – 121112 (.pdf)

November282012- draft (.pdf)

GPLBoardMinutes,November 13, 2012 (.pdf)

GPL Board Minutes – 102912- (.pdf)

GPLBoardMinutes, October 17,2012 (.pdf)

GPLBoardMinutesOct 101012 (.pdf)

library minutes august 8,2012 (.pdf)

minutes July 3,2012 (.pdf)

library minutes June11,2012 (.pdf)

GPLBoardMinutes-052412 (.pdf)

GPL Board Minutes 041812 (.pdf)

GPLBoardMinutes-041012 (.pdf)

GPLBoardMinutes-040412 (.pdf)

March 2012 Minutes (.doc)

Minutes Feb 22,2012 (.pdf)

Resolution (.pdf) (.pdf)

Minutes-Feb.2012 (.pdf)

Minutes-Jan. 2012 (.pdf)

The Galway Community in Images, Words, and Sound: Reflections of GalwayProject grant- Galway Library and Galway Schools in the news!

Albany Times Union June 4, 2012

Submissions are now closed- March 15, 2012

Want to Get Published?

The Galway Public Library is partnering with the Galway Junior/Senior High School to publish a community coffee table book and host an open mic series at the Galway Cock and Bull Restaurant. The library and school wants to include material from the community, such as poems, songs and quotes, photos, drawings, painting, and sketches.

Project Description: To produce a book that depicts Galway in images and words. The finished product can also be best described as a coffee table book, or a publication that will inspire conversation. This is a community based project that combines the Galway Public Library and Galway Central School District in a community wide initiative.

This program is made possible in part with funds from Saratoga County 
Program for Arts Funding
 (SPAF) part of the Decentralization regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts.

Artists & Poets: For community members wishing to submit work for this project please follow the guidelines below. For additional questions or information on the program please contact one of the following: Regina: or Mark:

Deadline: Submissions must be in by March 1st 2012


o Galway and Community, what does it mean to be part of the Galway community?

o Your experiences in art form. Answer the questions: what do people in Galway do? What does it mean to live in this community? What experiences do Galway community members have?

o Creative representations of your experiences.

Poems & Quotes:

o E-mail digital files to:

o In MS Word

Artwork: photos, drawings, paintings, sketches,

o E-mail digital files to:

o At least 300 dpi, the higher quality the better

o Formats: .png, .tiff, or .bmp, are preferred. We will also accept .jpg/.jpeg

o The larger size images the better

Submission: art/writing in specified medium, artist name, e-mail, phone #

Reading Together 2012

Do you have children between the ages of 9 and 11?

Would you like to spend more time reading and discussing books as a family?

Do you want to take part in an enjoyable program that will help everyone
in your family get more out of their reading experience?

Then the Together program is for you!

Join us for this special four-session program where 9 to 11-year-olds and their parents/caregivers get together to talk about books and ideas.

Books are provided in advance to be read for each session.

4 Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Feb 13 – Rules by Cynthia Lord

March 19 – Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

 April 16 – Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin

 May 21- Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

at the Galway Public Library, 5264 Sacandaga Rd., Galway, NY

To find out more and to register to participate, call the number below or visit the Galway Public Library in person.

This program was developed by the New York Council for the Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is presented in collaboration with Galway Public Library

Summer Reading 2012

Sat., June 23-August 25, 2012

“Dream Big Read!”- this year’s theme is about all things nocturnal: dreams, stars and planets, bats, owls, spooky stories, and more!

Your library cares about your children and has planned programs to keep them reading and learning all summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time they spend reading or attending the many special summer programs, children who join the library’s summer reading initiative keep their brains active and enter school in the Fall, ready to learn and succeed!

 For Children

Science and Skills with the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum

Mysterious Bats– Learn about these fascinating creatures through songs, sounds and hands-on artifacts. Ages 6-10. Monday, July 09, 1:00 pm.

What’s the Matter? – Investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gases through experiments, and discover “Mystery Matter”. Ages 5-8. Monday, July 02, 10:30am.

Spider Silk– Learn about spiders, their silk and webs through role playing with finger puppets, songs and storytelling. Ages 4-6. Tuesday, July 31, 10:30am.

The Age of Dinosaurs- What was Earth like 150 million years ago? Learn how the dinosaurs lived and the process of fossilization. Ages 5-10. Tuesday, July 17, 10:30am.

So You Want to Be a Clown – Try out clown skills, juggle, design an original clown face and bring it to life. Ages 6-10. Monday, July 16, 10:30am.

Greek Myths in the Stars–
Immerse your child in science and ancient cultures. Journey through space and time in the Starlab Learning Dome, a portable learning planetarium! Saturday, July 21, 12:00pm at Galway Town Hall. Pre-registration encouraged. All ages.

Dream Pillows with the Tang
Create your own set of “dream pillows” with Skidmore’s Tang Art and Teaching Museum staff. Grades 1 and up. Pre-registration encouraged. Tuesday, July 24, 2:00pm. 

Dare to Dream Big Storytelling-
Master storyteller Elizabeth Rowe will share tales of those who have dared to “DREAM BIG” with stories, song and poetry appropriate for first through sixth graders.  Join us at the library Wednesday, 2:30pm, July 25. Pre-registration required. All ages.

Dream Big Through the Arts –  Local artist Nancy McGrath provides instruction in the arts with the following intriguing themes:
Moon Garden, Night Birds, Phases of the Moon, Stars, Stuff of Dreams, Animals That Work at Night, Dream Paintings, Dream Land. Weekly, Thursdays, 2:00pm throughout the summer. Ages 8 and up. Pre-registration required.

All special summer children’s programming funded by the Stew Kimball Fund.

Weekly Story Time and a Craft for Pre k Children– Weekly, Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:00pm, Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:00pm. No registration required.

Hello Kitty Creative Club -Hello Kitty was first introduced to the United States in 1976; celebrate the 36th anniversary with this cute character from Japan!  We’ll share stories, crafts, create fashion accessories and more.  Geared to ages 3-adults, but younger children are welcome with a parent.  Summer, Wednesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Cartooning for Children  Children work with cartoonist Len Power and learn to draw characters and construct story with images and words. Ages 3-12. Weekly Tuesdays, June 26-August 21, 4:00-5:00pm.

 For Adults and Teens

Arts on the Green
A weekly drawing, painting, and clay sculpting instructional series held outdoors on the library green. Participants will work in oil, acrylic, pastel,  watercolor, and clay with master painter and sculptor Benno Kollegger. Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm. No registration required.

Word Play in Clay!
2012 Pottery Classes with Local Artist James Best – A pottery creation series dedicated to creating your own wall hangings and journal covers with local potter Jim Best. For teens and adults. Adults $20 materials fees. Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm, July 11, 18, 25, Aug,1,8. Pre-registration required. Funded by the Story Quilt Fund.

Movies by Moonlight in the Galway Village Park

Join us weekly Wednesdays evenings in the Galway Village Park for Family Friendly and PG-13 films. Refreshments available. Starting Wednesdays, June 20 8:00 pm-… No registration required.

Cartooning for Adults  Work with published cartoonist Len Power and learn the techniques of drawing and writing cartoon panels for magazines and newspapers! Separate sessions for teens and for adults. Wednesday, August 8, 15, 6:00-7:00pm.

On the Farm series for children, 7 and up

Thursdays, August 9, 16 and 23, 10:00 – 11:30am
Fox Hill Farm, 6003 Parkis Mills Road, Galway

All participants are required to wear sturdy shoes and long pants. No shorts or flip-flops. Pre-registration. If it rains, program will be held in the barn.

Come and join us on the farm for fun with horses and nature. We’ll be visiting Fox Hill Farm in Galway for three Thursday sessions:

August 9: Horse Sense: We’ll meet the farm’s horses and talk about how your voice, touch and actions communicate with horses. Then try your hand at some horse basics — such as grooming, haltering and leading.

August 16: Nature journaling: Start your own nature journal. We’ll walk the fields and streams and learn to identify common plants and animals and record and sketch them in our journals.

Bring note pads or journals and pencils.

August 23: Scavenger Hunt: Using what you learned from your journaling the week before, we’ll go on a scavenger hunt for prizes.

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Annual Report 2011

2011 community annual report (.pdf)

Minutes Dec. 14 2011 (.pdf)

Minutes-Dec.7 2011 (.pdf)

Minutes -Dec 05, 2011 (.pdf)

Minutes_Nov.2011 (.pdf)

Minutes October 2011(.pdf)

Minutes Sept. 2011(.pdf)

Minutes Aug 2011 (.pdf)
Minutes July 06 11 (.pdf)
Minutes June 15, 2011 (.pdf)

Minutes May 25 2011  (.pdf)
Minutes May 4, 2011 (.pdf)
Minutes April 6 2011 (.pdf)
Minutes March 2 2011 (.pdf)
Minutes February 9 2011(.pdf)
Minutes January 5 2011 (.pdf)

Summer Reading 2011
Sat., June 25– Sat., August 20, 2011

“One World Many Stories”
This year’s theme is about sharing stories from all over the world!

All participating children from toddler to age 12 will receive a themed “passport” to keep track of their independent reading. Children may read any books they like,  or they can borrow pre-selected bags full of books from the library. Children who complete their reading passports will be invited to the final party at the end of the summer. All children are encouraged to attend the special summer programs listed here as well as our regularly scheduled programs.

Be sure to check our online calendar of events for summer program additions, updates and times at

Summer Reading Registration begins June 4, 2011.
Register by phone, in person, or online

Children’s Program Highlights

Animals from Around the World: Myths, Legends, Fact or Fiction-learn about animals from all over the world with real live creatures!

Hello Kitty Creative Club – Hello Kitty was first introduced to the United States in 1976; celebrate the 35th anniversary with this cute character from Japan!  We’ll share stories and crafts, create fashion accessories and more.  Geared to ages 3-12, but younger children are welcome with a parent.  Registration is required.

Haiku: Poetry from Japan– Write a haiku to be displayed at the library. Presented by Miss Regina.

Summer Film Forum for Children Weekly film series featuring children’s movies, cartoons and characters sharing their stories from around the world.

Story Towers with the Tang
Use paint, paper and more to create a colorful large-scale image based on your own special story that looks three dimensional from afar.

Multicultural Arts & Crafts from Around the World Explore international art styles and materials. Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons with Ms. Barbara and Ms. Nancy

Bead ‘A Long with Betsy
Jewelry beading workshops following ethnic jewelry design.

Hello World! “Read Aloud” Folktales from Around the World. Weekly Tuesdays 11:30-12:00pm. Join regular and special guest readers from Europe, Asia, and Malaysia.

Program Highlights for Teens and Adults

Sculpt, Fire and Glaze!
Light & Sound Summer 2011 Pottery Class
Series with James Best – A pottery creation series dedicated to creating your own clay lantern and wind chimes with local potter Jim Best. Registration required. Space limited. $20.00 materials fee for adults. Sponsored by the Story Quilt Fund

Arts on the Green A weekly drawing, painting, and clay sculpting instructional series held outdoors on the library green. Participants will work in oil, acrylic, pastel,  watercolor, and clay with master painter and sculptor Benno Kollegger.

Cartooning for Pleasure and Profit  Work with published cartoonist Len Power and learn the techniques of drawing and writing cartoon panels for magazines and newspapers!

Horse Crazy Club Learn and work with local horse professionals and enthusiasts. Meet like-minded teens and adults and share your love of horses through art, crafts, writing, reading, movies and more!

Club Otaku Teens- Love Japanese Culture? Join the Otaku

Club and read Manga, watch Anime and learn about Japanese culture with others who love all things Otaku.

Electronic Picture Book Creators Group – Join us weekly during the
summer to create your own color e book picture story from beginning to end.
Presented by Regina Doi and Benno Kollegger.  Ages 12 & up

Supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Annual Report 2010


Annual report 2009

Library Board of Trustees

Joanna Lasher, President

Lauralyn Sakala, Vice President

Mary Brisson, Secretary

Linda Carpenter, Treasurer

Evelyn Hanna

Arlene Rhodes

Christina Sowle


Annual report 2008

Library Board of Trustees

Arlene Rhodes, President

Joanna Lasher, Vice President

Elizabeth Parker, Secretary

Linda Carpenter, Treasurer

Mary Brisson

Harold Moran

Lauralyn Sakala


Annual report 2007

Library Board of Trustees

Arlene Rhodes, President

Harold Moran, Vice President

Sharyn Kalinkewicz, Secretary

Alyson Bingham, Treasurer

Mary Brisson

Cathy Brown (Jan. – Aug.)

Linda Carpenter

Janet Johnson

Joanna Lasher


Annual report 2006

Library Board of Trustees

Arlene Rhodes, President

Harold Moran, Vice President

Sharyn Kalinkewicz, Secretary

Derrith Hurst, Treasurer

Alyson Bingham

Mary Brisson (May – Dec.)

Cathy Brown

Jeanne Frank (Jan.-March)

Janet Johnson

Joanna Lasher (Feb. – Dec.)


Annual report 2005

Library Board of Trustees

Janet Johnson, President

Cathy Brown, Vice President

Sharyn Kalinkewicz, Secretary

Derrith Hurst, Treasurer

Mary Cuffe

Elizabeth Feuerstein

Jeanne Frank

Harold Moran

Arlene Rhodes


Annual report 2004

Library Board of Trustees

Janet Johnson, President

Cathy Brown, Vice President

Sharyn Kalinkewicz, Secretary

Derrith Hurst, Treasurer

Mary Cuffe (April -Dec.)

Elizabeth Feuerstein

Jeanne Frank

Harold Moran

Arlene Rhodes


Annual report 2003

Library Board of Trustees

Mary Lynn Kopper, President

Janet Johnson, Vice President

Mary Salvino, Secretary (Jan – April)

Sharyn Kalinkewicz , Secretary (May – Dec.)

Derrith Hurst, Treasurer

Elizabeth Feuerstein

Jeanne Frank

Richard Lane

Arlene Rhodes


Annual report 2002

Library Board of Trustees

Mary Lynn Kopper, President

Janet Johnson, Vice President

Mary Hallgren, Secretary

Elizabeth Feuerstein, Treasurer

Derrith Hurst

Richard Lane

Arlene Rhodes


Annual report 2001

Library Board of Trustees

Arlene Rhodes, President

Richard Lane, Vice President

Mary Hallgren, Secretary

Elizabeth Feuerstein, Treasurer

Barbara Cervenka,

Janet Johnson

Mary Lynn Kopper


Library Board of Trustees

Arlene Rhodes, President

Richard Lane, Vice President

Mary Hallgren, Secretary

Alice Carpenter, Treasurer

Barbara Cervenka

Mary Lynn Kopper

Lisa Temoshok (Jan. – Oct.)


Library Board of Trustees

Mary Lynn Kopper, President

Arlene Rhodes, Vice President

Mary Hallgren , Secretary

John Sutton, Treasurer

Barbara Cervenka

Geralyn DeLa Fleur

Richard Lane


Library Board of Trustees

Mary Lynn Kopper, President

Arlene Rhodes, Vice President

Geralyn DeLa Fleur, Secretary

John Sutton, Treasurer

Mary Hallgren

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