We have sad news to share. Norma Hart, longtime library supporter, Friend, and former librarian, has passed away. Many have fond memories of her in the Children’s Room, and to this day remember the library as ‘Ms. Hart’s Library.’ Norma was also the visionary and creator behind the formation of the Library’s History Room Collection over 40 years ago.
After being honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library at their Annual Meeting in April 2014, Ms. Hart shared these words of wisdom: “you have to bring some light to whatever corner of the world you are in.” We are forever grateful to Ms. Hart for her many contributions to the library and for shining her light in our little corner of the world for so many wonderful years. We will miss her dearly.
As of January, the Hudson Area Library has a new Assistant Library Manager, Cayla Consaga. After harboring a lifelong love of reading, Cayla decided to get her Bachelors in English from Siena College and her Masters in Information Science from the University at Albany. Prior to joining the Hudson Area Library staff, she worked at Blodgett Memorial Library in Fishkill and Beekman Library in Poughquag. Cayla is available in the staff office daily to help patrons and visitors with their information and communication needs. We are excited to welcome Cayla to the Hudson Area Library community!
Kathleen, a 20+ year employee of the Hudson Area Library and a familiar face and voice to hundreds of library visitors over the years, passed away early Wednesday morning. Although struggling for years from her bouts with cancer, Kathleen was at work at the library until the end of October. She was admitted into hospice care at St. Peter’s Hospital earlier this week. Her dear friend and our colleague Janet Miller was with her throughout her last day.
We will join together on Sunday, November 27, from noon-3:00pm, at Kozel’s Restaurant on Rte. 9H to celebrate the memories we have of our dear friend Kathleen. If you have any pictures, interesting stories, or a memory to share, please join us. If you plan on attending, please sign up at the library circulation desk. Dinner will be paid individually.
If you would like to make a donation to the library in memory of Kathleen, please see Janet, Anne, or Emily. Donations will go towards the purchase of DVDs for the library collection.
Corey Fleming has announced that he has accepted a position as Regional Manager of the Hartford, CT Library System, a career opportunity he felt he could not let pass. His last day working at the library will be Friday, August 12th. We wish him well.
Corey is working with the staff and trustees to ensure as seamless a transition as possible. A search for a new library director has begun. In the interim, and until a new director has been hired, we have asked Emily Bennison, Library Assistant, to bridge the gap by assuming extra administrative and management duties.
President of the Board of Trustees, Theresa Parsons said, “These transitions are always difficult. However, we are fortunate to have staff and volunteers with many years of experience and a deep interest in the library. They’ll keep the library running smoothly and in a professional manner.”