American Library Assoc. covers Castleton library firing

The library situation got a great write up in the American Library Association’s online publication. To view the text of that article, cut and paste the link below into your address bar:

http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/currentnews/newsarchive/2009/october2009/castletonfightsfiring102109.cfm

Thanks to Carol Dratch-Kovler for reaching out to the ALA and for passing that article along!

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Library board called to interview new board candidates

I guess you could say a bit of progress was made at last night’s (Wed., Oct. 21) Village Board meeting. The village officials asked the library trustees to interview candidates for the nine open slots on the library board.

We currently have six library trustees, and are allowed a total of 15 trustees on the board. Several individuals submitted letters of intent earlier this month. Perhaps new blood is on the horizon.

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CORRECTION: Trustees started at 7 p.m., were merely inside the building at 6:30 p.m. — not meeting

There was an inaccuracy in an earlier blog post. And, since accuracy is the cornerstone of journalism, I’m happy to print a correction. Here it is:

The library trustees DID NOT start their Tuesday, Oct. 20th meeting early (at 6:30 p.m.) as was earlier posted. They were inside the building at 6:30 p.m., but they did not begin the meeting until the posted time of 7 p.m.

Sorry for the error.

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Tonight’s meeting now an open forum

An update on the post below. Tonight’s Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall is now a community open forum. Following the open forum segment, the board will then enter into an executive session. Board members say that the public is welcome to hang around to see any any action or modifications take place. If you can possibly make it out of the house two nights in a row, please do!

Cross your fingers — perhaps change is finally in the air!

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Candlelight vigil a success!

We had a great showing for the Tuesday night candlelight vigil. Approximately 75 people came out complete with signs and chants! Thanks for your support!

News Channel 13 WNYT covered the event, along with print reporter Catherine Sager. We also had a number of local politicians and candidates come out in support of Darlene – including Alex Shannon, Kristin Shaw, Judith Breselor and Elizabeth Gable. I believe we made a difference!

After the vigil, many went to the Library Trustee’s meeting. During that meeting, Village Lawyer, Craig Crist, let the public know that today, Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Village Board, along with Craig Crist, would meet with Library Trustees and their counsel. This will be an executive session for the most part, but people are welcome to stick around after the executive session to be apprised of the situation. This meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.

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Saturday TU letter to the editor

Did you see it? The Times Union ran a letter to the editor written by Castleton library supporter Janette Leonidas on Saturday, Oct. 17. Take a peek at:

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=853898&category=LETTER&BCCode=OPINION&newsdate=10/18/2009

Keep writing the letters and contacting the media! It helps!

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Rensselaer Co. lawmakers offer support

Seems we have more friends in high places. Rensselaer County Legislators Alex Shannon and Martin Reid are joining us in calling for the reinstatement of Castleton Public Library Director Darlene Miller. I’ve cut and pasted the body of release below. You can also view it on the lawmakers website at:

http://www.rensselaercounty.org/Press%20Releases/Majority%20PR/Maj%20PR%20Legislators%20Urge%20Reinstatement%20of%20Castleton%20Librarian%209-29-09.htm

PRESS RELEASE
September 29, 2009

Legislators Urge Reinstatement of Castleton Librarian

Rensselaer County Legislators Alex Shannon and Martin Reid are joining members of the Castleton community in calling for the reinstatement of Castleton Public Library Director Darlene Miller.

Miller was removed earlier this month by the library Board of Directors, prompting an outcry from village residents and patrons of the library. Shannon attended a meeting last night where several dozen residents and patrons voiced support for Miller.

The meeting Monday followed a meeting earlier this month where 150 residents and library patrons spoke out in favor of Miller.

Many residents and patrons voiced confusion about the reasons for Miller’s sudden dismissal. The reason for the dismissal has not been made public. Adding to confusion regarding the dismissal is the fact that the library was named first runner-up for the 2008 “Best Small Library in America” by the Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Shannon and Reid have joined to sponsor a resolution calling for reinstatement of Miller. The resolution will be considered at the October 13 legislative meeting.

“Village residents and library patrons are enthusiastic in their support for Darlene Miller. We have had good interaction with Darlene over the years and have been impressed by the library overall,” said Shannon.

The library recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. The small library is located on Main Street in the Village Hall and has been a popular part of the community for generations. Miller has been part of the library for 30 years.

“Darlene Miller has been a big part of the library for years and her dismissal, without explanation, has hurt supporters of the library. Based on what has been given to the public, we believe she should be reinstated,” added Reid.

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