Anytime I stop by the library, the computer desks are busy, there’s a program in the McChesney Room, a community group meeting in one of the conference rooms, the reading tables are full and folks are wandering through the aisles with that distinctive “Library Head-tilt”. This happens because of you – the Friends of the Schenectady County Library. Your hard work and dedication has helped make our library system a meaningful and important resource for our entire community. Folks come far and wide for our book sales, the Whitney Book Corner is a go-to destination for book lovers, our on-line book sales continue to exceed all expectations, and ComicCon and Harry Potter Day are growing every year.

The Friends are making a difference every single day by being a positive and vital force for our community. Speaking of forces, while serving as your president, Val Catlin quietly and proactively focused on major and important tasks. She worked hard to bring the Friends into compliance with the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act, oversaw a number of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, and started a digital records management system for the Friends. With a dynamic and engaged team, Val brought an efficiency and professionalism to our board meetings. She worked in a spirit of collaboration with the Trustees, management and staff of the library. We are all grateful for her service, not only to our library system, but to our entire community. I am happy to report Val intends to stay engaged with the Friends. It is good to know I can count on her to share her knowledge and experience as I step into the Presidency.        —-Madelyn Thorne