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Library Trustee Election Notice 2016: held on Dec. 7th, 2016 »

Posted: Thu, Nov 3, 2016

Library Trustee Election Notice 2016:
The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Trustee Election will be held on
Wednesday, December 7th, 11 am-8pm at the library

Piermont voters will elect three trustees for the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library on Wednesday, December 7th. Voters will not have to approve the operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year since it does not exceed this year’s budget. The vote will take place at the library, and the poll will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. At present, the candidates for the three trustee positions, each of which carries a three-year term, are:

  • Danial Clark, who is seeking a second term
  • Judith Epstein, who is running for a second full term after serving an unexpired term
  • Anna Hickey, who is seeking a fourth term.

The total expenses for fiscal year 2017-2018 are budgeted at $349,875, of which the Village will fund $280,500, same as for this year. The remaining money comes from the South Orangetown Central School district and contributions. A copy of the budget is available for review at the library. Among the candidates, Clark is a resident of Piermont for 23 years. He is a journalist at Fox Business News. Epstein, a retired teacher in the East Ramapo School District, is a longtime volunteer for the library and leads a toddlers’ story time. She has lived in the Village for 15 years. Hickey, a lifelong Village resident, worked for the state and county judicial system for 40 years and was well-known as Commissioner of Jurors. She is a past president of the library board.

Even though the amount of money contributed by the Village has remained steady over the past two fiscal years, collections, services, and programs have increased. The library’s holdings include new releases of adult and children’s books, movies and music as well as e-books, digital audiobooks and downloadable music.

The library also offers a wide range of programs for toddlers and older children, a monthly free film showing, monthly exhibits by local artists, book talks, game nights, local history exhibits and lectures, bilingual story time, student art exhibitions, monthly book clubs, concerts, adult summer reading, and mah jongg. Information about the library, its services and the election is available at: www.piermontlibrary.org

Library Activity Statistics, 2015-2016

  • 1,745 Piermont residents – approximately 68% - hold library cards

  • 259 programs offered, with a total of 4,547 people attending and additional 589 people using our space for meetings

  • 18,640 holdings circulated (17,549 physical items and 1,091 e-books, digital audiobooks, and other digital content)

  • 19,529 visitors to the library


Posted: Tue, Oct 18, 2016

In this season of giving, why not Give a Kid a Book? Bring new, unread children’s or teen books to the library by Nov. 17, 2016.

The Youth Services Division of the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) will distribute your donations for inclusion in holiday gift baskets given to families in need by: Center for Safety and Change (formerly Rockland Family Shelter), People to People, and Jewish Family Services.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten for Pre-Schoolers »

Posted: Wed, Aug 31, 2016

If you read just three books a day to your young ones, you will have read over 1,000 in just one year!

September 1st, 2016 to May 31st, 2017: Stop by the library to pick up your first reading log and we'll tell you all about it. Stickers and prizes.

Introducing Field Goods Weekly Produce Delivery to the Piermont Community »

Posted: Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library Introduces Field Goods Weekly Produce Delivery to the Piermont Community.

Field Goods subscribers receive 5 to 8 different types of fruits and vegetables each week, sourced from over 80 small farms – the majority are located in the Hudson Valley. Weekly add-on options include local artisan bread, pasta, local cheese, extra fruit and more. A weekly e-newsletter, In the Bag, provides tips and recipes as a helpful guide for preparing the produce. Customers sign up online at Field-Goods.com, and can put their account on hold and restart it at any time.

Pickup will be on Wednesdays at Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library.

Click here to read more »

In Memoriam: Grace Buhl Meyer »

Posted: Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Grace Meyer 1970

1970, Grace at a library event

The library staff and board of trustees are sad to learn of the passing at age 79 of Grace Buhl Meyer who served as Piermont Public Library’s Director for 35 years, retiring in 2004.

Grace was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan in 1937. By 1969 she had taken up her post as Director of Piermont Public Library in its former Hudson Terrace location. In lieu of a salary, she received residency in the apartment above the library, where she lived for seven years. During this time Grace completed her undergraduate degree in Botany and English at Columbia University, then went on to receive her graduate degree in Library Science, also from Columbia, in 1974. Library lore has it that a "cat ladder" hung from a window in the upstairs apartment by which Grace's cats could explore the library and the village as they desired.

Grace Meyer 1979

Journal News, 1979, Grace posing beside a library exhibit

A dedicated and diligent librarian, Grace truly enjoyed working with the public and taking the time to get to know her patrons. Longtime Piermonters often share fond memories of visiting Grace in the library as children or receiving research help as they pursued higher education. She creatively incorporated her love of Piermont environs with her library work by creating the Beachcomber Book Club, a unique summer reading program during which children would receive shells Grace had collected from the edge of the water as their reward for reading. Each week the children would look forward to receiving a bigger shell for reading more books. She also enjoyed pulling out the film projector and offering the community a weekly movie.

She demonstrated her dedication to the profession of librarianship as an active member of the Library Association of Rockland County for many years. After her retirement she continued to be an enthusiastic supporter of Piermont's library and was a faithful attendee of its many art openings and other events. In her spare time, she enjoyed square dancing and visiting friends on Martha's Vineyard.

Grace Meyer 2009

Grace with Library Director, Jessica Bowen, at the 2009 Gift of Art Show

Grace Meyer 2005

Grace with Tom Chapin and her successor, Victoria Lees, at the groundbreaking of the new library in 2005

Grace Meyer 1975

Journal News, 1975, Grace participating in environmental work

Grace’s contributions to Piermont extended beyond her work in the library to tireless environmental advocacy. In 1974 she helped to develop the Piermont Conservation Advisory Commission (CAC), the first CAC in Rockland County, and served on the Village Board from 1979—1982. County Executive Ed Day presented her with the 18th Annual County Executive’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award in April 2015.

They say the heart of every community is its library and the heart of every library is its librarian. Grace Meyer improved the lives of countless Piermont residents both directly through her work at the library and indirectly by preserving the environment in which they live, securing her place at the heart of Piermont for generations to come.

Background information provided by Piermont Newsletter, Number 2, 2015 written by Carolyn Doyle http://www.piermont-ny.com/newsletter/Fall_15.pdf; by friend, Alexis Starke; and from a biography written in 1990.

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