About & Library Hours

libsign

Mission

The Stephentown Memorial Library is a small rural library serving the diverse population of Stephentown, NY and adjoining communities.

The mission of the Stephentown Memorial Library is to foster the discovery of ideas, create an awareness of the power of information and serve the community as a center for life-long learning. The Library has a special mission for children: to encourage a love of reading through positive library experiences. The Library will provide materials and services to residents of all ages for their personal enrichment, enjoyment and educational needs, responsive to the needs of the community and the times in which we live.


Library Hours

Monday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Thursday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Friday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

Our Collection

With over 14,000 items housed in our Library, we are sure you’ll find something to your liking! Our collection reflects our mission to educate and entertain: our Adult Fiction holdings are just about equal to our Adult Nonfiction holdings and we are proud of our growing audiobook, DVD and Young Adult selections. In addition, we offer:

  • Children’s Holdings: Board Books, Easy Readers, Picture Books, Books-with-Cassette, Magazines and Children’s Kits for our youngest patrons and their caregivers.
  • Juvenile Holdings: Chapter Books, Series, Classic and New Fiction, Nonfiction, Audiobooks, Magazines and Videotapes for our Elementary school friends.
  • Young Adult Holdings: Fiction in a variety of genres, Nonfiction, Audiobooks and Playaways, E-books and downloadable media, Magazines, and Videotapes for our Secondary school patrons.
  • Adult Holdings: Fiction, Nonfiction, Large Print Books, Audiobooks and Playaways, E-books and downloadable media, musical CDs, videos/DVDs and Periodicals for the rest of us.

As one of the 29 members of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS), our collection is enhanced through a rotating collection of children’s fiction, audiobooks, large print books, videos/DVDs and musical CDs from UHLS.

And if we still don’t have what you’re looking for, items from other UHLS libraries can be requested through the staff at Stephentown Memorial Library or from your computer at home or work. We are happy to walk you through the process!


Lending Policies

Materials Loaned
We loan books, large-print books, videos, DVDs, books-on-tape, books-on-CD, Playaways, E-books and downloadable media, musical CD’s,  periodicals, and Museum Passes.

Loan Period

Books, Audio books, and musical CD’s are lent for 4 weeks.

New books and items are lent for 2 weeks.

Videos & DVD’s (Limit of 4 per household) and Magazines are lent for 7 days.

Museum Passes (Limit of 1 per household) are lent for 2 days.

Renewals
Items can be renewed if no one else is waiting for them by either bringing them to the library, renewing them online through the library’s website, or telephoning when the library is open.

Out-of-System Borrowing Policy
Borrowing privileges for out-of-UHLS-system patrons are extended to permanent residents of Stephentown’s neighboring communities. Please come check us out!

Overdue Materials
Late fees are assessed for overdue materials, so please return items on time.

1. Books and audiobooks: .10 cents per day

2. Videos/DVDs: $1.00 per day

Your patronage is important to us. If fines do accumulate and/or materials are lost, we are happy to work with you towards a mutually comfortable solution. We can replace missing items – but we cannot replace you!


Board of Trustees – The Board meets at the library each month on the second Thursday at 7:00 PM.   The public is welcome to attend Board meetings.

2014 meeting dates: 1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11.

Thomas Quimby, President

Mona Berg, Vice President

Rebekkah Corbett, Treasurer

Kristin Crouch, Secretary

Abby Araten

Jan Bartelli

Susan Brissette

Mary Jo Daly

Janet Ivory

Thom Pecoraro

Judith Pierson

Ed Roston

SML Staff

Laurenne Teachout, Director

Erica Bingham Green, Assistant Director

Kim Roppolo, Library Assistant

Amy Morgan, Library Assistant

Kali Rieman, Library Assistant

Margo Handschu, Library Assistant

Tom Schmitz, Library Assistant

Contact us

Telephone – (518) 733-5750

Email – director@stephentownlibrary.org

We welcome your comments or feedback!

History of the Library

Stephentown readers have had access to books at least since the beginning of the 19th century.  George Holcomb (1792 – 1856) reported in his diary that on April 12, 1808 he went to the Canaan Library.  On Dec. 21, 1810, he writes “Stopped to Mr. Ebenezer F. Booges and borrowed ‘The History of Rome’ and returned it 5 May, 1811.”  The Rev. Aaron J. Booge, Ebenezer’s father, was the minister of the Stephentown Presbyterian Church and owned the best library in town.  When the Booge home was sold in 1808, the private library was forced to move.  No record has been found of its location.  Plaques mark the site of both Booge’s and Holcomb’s houses on West Street.

For most of the 19th and early 20th centuries we have no record indicating that a library, private or public, existed in the area.  Holcomb reports borrowing books from friends, buying nonfiction from peddlers and from bookstores in Troy and Pittsfield, and subscribing to newspapers and other periodicals when he could afford to do so.   Presumably others did the same.

In 1924 the Home Bureau established a permanent library.  It was located next door to the Vanderbilt House in what was formerly McFeeley’s Feed Store.  The yellow building is still standing.  Mrs. Mary K. Rowe who, with Mrs. Ellen Smith, served as its librarian until it closed in the early 40s bought many of the books.

Dr. Frederick A. Carpenter willed $5000 to the Town of Stephentown when he died in 1865.   The interest was to be applied to common-school purposes.  When the school districts were centralized in the 1930s, the State Legislature enacted a law giving the money to the local library, under similar restrictions.  An administrator, appointed by the Town Board, is responsible for investment and disposition of this fund.

The present library had its origin at a meeting of the Stephentown War Council in May, 1946 when Lewis Griffin presented plans for the formation of a library to honor the local men and women who had served in the armed forces in the two world wars.  These plans were formalized on Sept. 9, 1946 when a group met to organize the Stephentown Memorial Library. Seven trustees were elected.  The names of the 50 men and women who served in W.W.I and the 104 W.W.II veterans to whom the library is dedicated are given on plaques hanging in the vestibule of the library.

In 1947 the State Board of Regents granted a provisional charter, and a campaign was begun to raise money for the construction of a library building on land donated by Avery Hall next to the current funeral home on Rte #22.  Construction began in July of 1948 and the new library was opened on June 14, 1949, with Miss Blanche Coffee as librarian.

By the early 70s it was clear that more room was needed, and, in 1972, the Stephentown Memorial Library moved across the street.  The present Library building has an interesting history.  It was originally a one-room schoolhouse serving children in District 4.  There was no water or plumbing.   As other district schools closed, the children were transferred to School 4 and space became a problem.  In 1899 an extension was made onto the back of the building.   After the Stephentown Elementary School opened in 1948, the old School 4 building remained empty until 1960 at which time it was converted into the Town Hall.  In 1972 the Taconic Valley Grange Building became the Town Hall and the School 4/Town Hall building became the Stephentown Memorial Library’s present home.

Narrative courtesy of Sally Fox