Proposition: Shall the sum of $423,695 be levied and collected yearly as a tax upon the taxable real property within the Gloversville Enlarged School District to support library services provided for the benefit and free use on equal terms of all the residents of the School District?”
Trustee Seats: There are three seats open this year. One 5-year term and two 1-year terms.
There are two candidates running. The candidate with the largest tally of votes receives the longest term.
Charles "Ren" Reed
My name is Charles W Reed, although I am known by my family and friends as Ren, and I am interested in serving as a member of the Gloversville Public Library’s Board of Trustees.
After 35 years as a schoolteacher, I retired in July 2016 and moved from Albany, New York back to Gloversville to act as companion and caregiver to my father. Over the past 12 years, I have been following the library’s journey as it worked to achieve secure funding and then as it began the process to upgrade its physical plant culminating in the multimillion dollar renovation and addition.
Several years ago, I was able to access online the proposed plans for this project. I was pleased by how much space the library intends to devote to children and youth as well as community meeting space. It was this that gave me the idea that I might like to become involved with the library.
The timing of the current vacancy on the board of trustees is an opportunity that I do not want to let pass me by. I am enthusiastic to learn about the library, its history, and its programs, and to help the library and the community which it serves.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Gloversville community as a member of the Gloversville Public Library Board of Trustees and I humbly ask for your vote.
My name is Susan Shrader and I have been resident of Gloversville since 1978. My husband, Michael, and I raised our three sons Scott, Matthew, and Steven here in Gloversville as well. I attended college at SUNY Oswego, where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I also have 36 addition hours in Reading Education from SUNY Oswego and SUNY Albany. In 2015, I retired from the Gloversville Enlarged School District after teaching 6th grade, third grade, preschool, and second grade for a total of 37 years.
In the area of community service, I was a member of the Oswego Jayncees, holding several different offices before moving to Gloversville. I was a member of various Gloversville PTAs for over 17 years holding offices such as President, Treasurer, Central Council Rep, and Central Council President as well as many committee chairmanships. I also spent several years assisting Cub Scout Pack 6 as a Tiger Cub Leader and assistant Pack Leader.
Since 1978 I have also been an active Church member first at Scared Heart and then at The Church of the Holy Spirit. I am a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Choir member. I have chaired a Friday's Table Team for 20 years, have been on the Emmaus Team (a retreat for students making their Confirmation) for 19 years, teach church school for third and fourth grades and organize the youth choir.
When my children were little we used the library for story hours and borrowing books. After I went back to work we used it more during the summer and I took my students there many times to encourage them to read during the summer. But when I retired, I became much more involved with the library. I take my grandchildren there once or twice a week. We attend the traveling story hour during the summer as well. I joint the Friends of the Library and have helped with adult arts and crafts classes. I can't say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff has been. In the Children's Room, the children are greeted by name and made to feel welcome. Holidays and vacation days usually have special projects for the kids to enjoy. I've seen many people using computers and reading rooms. Materials on recycling and taxes are available for community members. I've also seen several interesting adult programs offered to the community.
I am very excited about the new renovations which will be completed next Fall; the expanded youth areas on the lower level, elevator access to all three levels, and restroom facilities on all 3 levels. It will be a wonderful venue for those who need computer access, adult meeting rooms and teen, elementary and pre-school activities. While maintaining its architectural charm, the Library will be able to share its wealth of knowledge and opportunities to the Gloversville Community in a bright, new, welcoming way. I would like to serve as a Trustee for the Library to help insure its continued success in serving the Gloversville community. It is a gem in our community and I want to see it continue to thrive and expand its services.
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