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Melanie Winters


Brief info

I joined the board in 2017, and have served as Board President in the past. I work part-time as an Outdoor Sports Guide and Creative Arts Instructor at Canyon Ranch, and I also enjoy volunteering at Berlin Elementary School. I moved to Stephentown from the Berkshires twelve years ago. My first connections to the community were made at storytime at the library when my boys were babies. Since then, the library has been a place for Blake and Evan to grow, and for our whole family to build relationships with friends. Since joining the board, I have gotten to see how the library brings together people from all around our community. People visit the library for many different reasons, but for everyone it is an opportunity to meet new neighbors and learn about their community.

During quarantine, I have been enjoying extra reading time with my boys. Evan loves to re-read his favorites. One not pictured here is How I became a Pirate, by Melinda Long. The illustrations are enchanting, and the story gives kids hope that they could become a pirate for a day. Blake and I are enjoying reading books off his shelves that we haven’t had time for. Sink or Swim by Steve Watkins, and A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry were especially exciting books that gave us a great connection to the world because they were based on true stories. Left Out by Tim Green was a heartfelt story of navigating middle school friendships with your parents in tow, and never giving up on yourself or your dreams. We hope that you’ve found some pleasure in slowing down and experiencing the world from your comfy corner.