Board of Trustees

2022 Library Budget Vote & Election Results

Held on Tuesday, September 14th from 9 am – 9 pm

Thank You Voters!

253 voters cast their ballots, with 214 in favor of the budget and 39 opposed, to pass the 2022 Budget by a margin of 5 to 1. We would also like to welcome our newly elected Trustees, Amanda Miller (5-year term) and Katie Sheehan (4-year term) to serve on the Library Board of Trustees beginning on January 1, 2022.

Our Comeback Story

2022 Budget Presentation
2021 Budget Presentation
2020 Approved Budget
Adopted 2019 Budget & 2020 Preliminary Budget (Draft)
Preliminary Budget Information for 2019
Amended 2018 Budget

2022 Proposed Budget FAQ

What is the Library’s Proposed Budget for 2022?
The total proposed budget is $2,137,375. The portion of the budget raised from taxes is $1,770,525. The rest comes from a contract for service with the Town of Schodack, State & County aid, fines, lost item fees, photocopy and computer printing fees, fax fees, interest income

What is the impact on tax rates and individual taxpayers?
The East Greenbush Community Library District is comprised of the Town of East Greenbush. The tax rate is increasing by .0126 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value from .8978 to .9104 (approximately 1 cent). A property with an assessed value of $200,000 would see a slight increase of around $2.52 per year from $179.57 per year to $182.09 per year.

Will the library’s budget exceed the Tax-Cap?
No

Does the community use the Library?

  • Yes! Even during a pandemic, the community used the library, borrowing digital books, audio books and streaming movies.
  • In 2020, 65,378 people visited the library, 12,419 people joined our virtual programming and in-person events and 92,575 people visited our website. People took advantage of curbside pickup and take-home crafts. Library staff circulated 185,579 physical items and total electronic content use (digital e-books, digital audiobooks, streaming video, streaming music, digital magazines, and database usage) was 110,706.

How many trustees are being elected this year?
One five-year term and one four-year term are up for election.

When is the Library Budget Vote and where is it held?

  • The Annual Library Budget Vote will be held at the library on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
  • Polls are open between 9am and 9pm.

Who is eligible to vote in the Library election?

  • The East Greenbush Community Library is a Special Legislative Library District chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.
  • Voters, both renters and property owners, need to be registered in New York State and live within the Library District 30 days prior to the vote.
  • The Library District consists of all of the Town of East Greenbush. The Library District does not follow the East Greenbush School District or Town of Schodack boundaries.

How do I get more information?
The proposed 2022 budget is available at the Library and on our website. A public hearing was held on July 20, 2022. To learn more, contact Jill Dugas Hughes, director@eglibrary.org

 

Candidates for 2022 Trustee Election: Two Open Positions

More Information

Amanda Miller

For the past year, I have been honored to serve as a Trustee for the East Greenbush Community Library. I have learned a lot about library operations and the hard work that the Board does for the Library and the Town of East Greenbush.

About me: I am a parent in the community who loves to take my son to the library. Pre-COVID we would visit for storytime. We also visited the Music Together program, something that we would normally never have been exposed to in the real world, as well as the animal visits. We
make weekly visits to the farmers’ market, showing how our support makes a real impact when we shop locally. The East Greenbush Community Library holds a special place in our family ever since we moved here in 2018 and we wish to continue improving it.

I currently work as a paralegal for a law firm in Colonie and have had previous work experience as a market researcher and retail manager. I also appeared on an episode of Jeopardy. The skills and experience I have gained from these positions and experiences give me a unique insight and perspective when it comes to carrying out the library’s vision both now and in the future.

Board Members

Michael Poost, President
Robert West, Vice President
Lynne Oudekerk, Treasurer
Mari Harris, Secretary
Camille Engel, Trustee
Shay Harrison, Trustee
Amanda Miller, Trustee

The Library Board of Trustees typically meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Board members serve on one of two committees: Administrative and Service. To learn more, contact Michael Poost, Board President.

Subject East Greenbush Card UHLS Card UHLS MyCard
Library Card Registration Free to any individual who resides or pays taxes in the East Greenbush Community Library taxing district or Town of Schodack. Cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Free to any individual who volunteers or works at the EGRN Library. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Free to partner educational agencies with verified employment. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Those that live outside the UHLS area may purchase a temporary card at the price established by our Table of Fines and Fees. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

Free to residents residing in a community served by a UHLS library.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

The UHLS MyCard is a fine-free, limited-access library card for youth. It is intended to address multiple barriers to serving youth and families, including:

  • Barriers to access related to fines (e.g. computer access, checking out materials)
  • Parents not present for a child’s library card registration
  • Previous fines on a child’s card

Free for youth residing in a community served by a UHLS library.Applicants 18 and under who are applying for a limited use, UHLS Youth Only MyCard, need to provide name, address, and date of birth.UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.Youth ages birth to 18 can register unaccompanied, or with the help of a caregiver or relative who is not the child’s parent/guardian.This card may be used at all UHLS Libraries except for the Colonie Town Library.

Card blocked at $10 or more in replacement costs.

No fines for late items

Limits on # of Materials Borrowed Unlimited checkouts Unlimited checkouts Limited total items: Can only have 3 items checked out on their card at a time
Types of Items All eligible item types. All eligible item types except Museum Passes, ILL, and Hot off the Press. Active paid members of the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library have access to all lending collections. Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Databases/Digital Content EGRN and UHLS subscription databases and digital content UHLS subscription databases and digital content Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Interlibrary Loan Nationwide UHLS Libraries UHLS Libraries
Program Registration Unlimited except by limited program capacity Preference given to resident cardholders Preference given to resident cardholders