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Friends of Moffat Library Speak at Conference
The Friends of the Moffat Library presented a talk titled “Friends and Trustees Building Community When Disaster Strikes” at the New York Library Association Conference last month in Saratoga Springs. The presenters were (from l. to r.) Kelly Lynch-Moloney, Christine Frisbee, Ruth Manyin, and Mary Ann Marrero. Hurricane Irene struck in 2011, leaving five feet of water in the basement of the library, destroying all of the mechanicals. When mold set in, the library was forced to evacuate the building. Friends of the library, trustees, staff, and other community volunteers moved the collection to a donated location. After a design was approved for the renovation, the Friends executed a successful “Get Out the Vote” campaign that approved a $6.9 million bond to rebuild the historic building. An unexpected benefit was the outpouring of community support for the library, which the Friends leveraged into ongoing financial sponsorship. The Friends’ annual Meet the Authors Luncheon received additional support from contractors and other local businesses. The luncheon has attracted nationally-acclaimed authors and recently recently raised over $3,000 annually. (Photo provided)



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