Library Vote Update

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with us about the results of Tuesday’s vote on our funding proposition. We’re all incredibly grateful for your interest and support!

As you know, Stephentown voters had the opportunity to decide the financial future of our library this Election Day. The numbers were close, but it looked like the proposition passed with 52% voting yes.

Although we are cautiously optimistic this result will stand, the number of absentee ballots returned in Stephentown will impact the final count and the Rensselaer County Board of Elections has yet to open and include these votes.

So, if you’re wondering why we’re not celebrating yet, that’s the reason. And, we have not been given any specific timetable for when this matter will be resolved, as of the writing of this email.

Planning for this proposition has been in the works for the past two years and we are as anxious as you are to know the final outcome, but at this time we must ask for your patience as all the votes are counted.

What we will not wait to do, however, is thank all of you who went to the polls and made your voices heard about the value you see here in our library and the many ways it serves our community.

To be part of this integral institution, and a small piece of its long history in Stephentown, is a great honor and to know that work is appreciated by its members means more to us than you know. Thank you!

We’ll be in touch with more information as updates become available.

Gratefully yours,

The Board of Trustees

Trunk or Treat–Rain or Shine!!

***Update!! Trunk or Treating will be a RAIN OR SHINE event!!! Bring an umbrella and dress for the weather. We don’t know if it will rain, shine or snow on Sunday. If the weather is really bad, we will bring Trunk or Treating inside the fire hall. Hope to see you all there!!

Library Funding Vote on Election Day

Voting to increase library funding in Stephentown this Election Day

This Election Day, Tuesday November 6th, there will be a proposition on the ballot asking Stephentown voters to approve the annual allocation of $95,000 from local tax dollars for the Stephentown Memorial Library’s core operating budget.

A yes vote on this ballot proposition would ensure public funding of the Library sufficient to cover is core operations for the next year and, as projected, for the following years. The Board of Trustees will continue to actively fund raise to supplement and enrich the Library’s programming.

Here are three ways to learn more:
1. Join us at Stephentown Town Hall on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. for a special informational meeting, where you’ll be invited to ask questions and share your feedback.

2. E-mail your questions to our Vice President and ballot initiative point person, Scott Wyner, at

3. Scroll down for a list of basic facts about this process, which falls under Chapter 414 of the New York State Laws of 1995. You can also download a PDF flyer with this information and share it with others.


LEGO Club will be held on THURSDAY, October 25 at 6:30 this month! We hope to see you there!

Trunks Needed!

 Trunk-or-Treating, October 28 at 2:00pm

SML and the Town of Stephentown are looking for community members to decorate the trunks of their cars and bring candy to pass out during Trunk-or-Treating at the Annual Family Halloween Party on Sunday, October 28.

Set up will be at 2:00pm and Trunk-or-Treating begins at 3:00pm. For the children’s safety, cars will NOT be allowed to leave the area until the event is over.

Please consider having some allergy free treats available for kids with allergies.

If you are interested in participating in Trunk-or-Treating, please call the library at 518-733-5750 to sign up.