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September 5, 2013

Community service important for library

The Daily Star

---- — As the new director of the Huntington Memorial Library, I am excited to explore the ways the library is a part of the community. I’ve been involved with libraries my entire life. 

Though I started my career in the sciences, I was always drawn to the library and was best known for my knowledge of the literature. As a new mother, I volunteered at my local public library and was asked to serve on the Board of Trustees. I served as the board president for eight of my 10 years of service. Immediately following the end of my term, I became the library director at the Newfield Public Library and held that position for about 5½ years.

I hope to continue the Huntington Library’s tradition of service to the community. I’ve been impressed with the wealth of good programs, activities and services that the library provides. The Friends play an active role that truly benefits the mission of the library. Our staff members work seamlessly to provide children and adult programs, research services in the New York State Room, a great selection of books in all formats and quality reference services. The Board of Trustees is a dedicated group that works hard to oversee the policies and funding of the library. I especially want to thank Marie for her personal dedication over the past 30 years. The library has been well cared for.

Please feel free to stop by the library. I would love to meet you to learn how the library can continue to meet the community needs.


The Summer Reading Program was a big success again this year thanks to our children’s coordinator, Debra Hansen. More than 148 children and teens read more than 4,335 books. This fun program at the library will help the participants maintain their reading level at school while enriching their lives with new books, authors and interesting information.

Included in the Summer Reading Program were other fun and engaging activities. Since the theme was Dig Into Reading, the activities and books were related to the theme. For instance, one popular activity was a coloring contest of a toilet seat cover. You have to get creative to make the connection between toilets and Dig Into Reading! 

Children could also play a guessing game to guess how many worms (book worms I’m sure) were in the jar or could find the hidden chipmunk in the many shelves of books at the library. Each week, a new display on New York authors was available for children to learn about familiar books that were written in their very own state. Fictional characters Sam and Jen guided the children in their quest to match the New York authorsto their book.


Banned Book Week is a national program that runs on Sept. 22 to Sept. 28 but the library will have a display for an entire month. Libraries across the country will celebrate the value of free and open access to information. The Friends will highlight the event by conducting a drawing for a free banned book. Library patrons may complete an entry form at the library for an opportunity to win a copy of “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls, or”The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. Stop by to see the display and to add your name to the book drawing.

In the other display case at the library the American Civil War is highlighted. A community member generously provided posters, paintings, postcards and figurines. If you’re interested in history and would like to see specific information about this harrowing phase in our country’s past, stop by the library and check out a few books when you view the display.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at