Another year of growth created by the excellent volunteers, with their boundless energy, of the Friends. The opening of A Second Look in Via|Port, along with the continued uptick in online sales, has allowed us to bring back important programs such as One County,One Book and increase funding for Harry Potter Day and the Museum Pass program as well as continue our traditional offerings.

I attended the County Legislature meeting on March 12th when the Legislature announced the Main Library will be renamed the “Karen B. Johnson Library”. Most fitting. Hon. Johnson is a Past President of the Friends and so we cheered for one of our own.

The ribbon cutting for the new Mont Pleasant Library will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 4th. The Friends have pledged $120,000 toward this important asset in a neighborhood which is fighting back from severe economic and social distress. The force of the Friends will be felt for many, many years to come.

Library systems across New York State face significant cuts to budgets from both state and local levels. The 2% tax cap being imposed by the State puts immense pressure on our local legislatures to trim costs. It’s important for us to stay in contact with our legislators to keep reminding them of their responsibilities of funding our library systems. Advocacy matters.

There are too many people to thank for the blood, sweat and tears they put into making our library system the gem we all enjoy. My tenure as your president has been a pleasure because of the good people who work to make our community great.

One of the responsibilities of any not-for-profit is making sure good fiscal policies are in place. The treasurer and I will be reviewing current practices and bringing any recommended changes to the Board. Along with this, a board retreat may be in the offing to revisit our mission and the changing needs of our library system.

We only do what we do because of you. Thank you. – Madelyn Thorne