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The Library's Annual Report and Upcoming Budget Vote

Voters Approve Saratoga Springs Public Library Budget:
231 yes, 24 no. Sheinkin Elected Trustee

The library serves the residents of the Saratoga Springs Enlarged City School District, and funds for the library are collected when school taxes are collected. The proposed FY 15-16 budget contains a 0.5% increase over the amount levied in FY 14-15. An estimated $475,735 will be available from sources other than FY 15-16 property taxes. The tax amount for public library purposes appears as a separate item on school district tax bills.

"We thank all those who came out to vote." said Library Board President Ken Bollerud. "We've just completed another busy year for circulation and a record-setting year for program attendance, and we are delighted by the public's continued support. We look forward to another great year."

Global Spirit Films: Stories to Remember

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Join associate producer of "Global Spirit," Joe Kulin, who will introduce this one-hour episode of a television series which has aired on LINK-TV and PBS World. This unique film brings together two guests that use the power of story and storytelling to remember what is important. Kay Olan, a renowned storyteller from the Mohawk nation in upstate New York, meets community organizer and youth mentor, Orland Bishop, who brings the power of story and African wisdom traditions to his work with members of the notorious LA gangs, the Crips and Bloods. Kay Olan will lead a discussion after the film. This event is co-sponsored by the Saratoga Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Light refreshments will be served.

Tales of Saratoga and the North Country

Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Philanthropists and misfits. Shady characters and big spenders. Events that rocked the nation and human stories barely noticed. Wonderful stories about Saratoga and the North Country. And Saratoga storytellers Betty Cassidy and Margaret French have collected a fine assortment to delight listeners. No registration required.

Both Betty and Margaret have been telling personal and traditional stories, mostly to adults, for more than a dozen years. They are members of the Story Circle of the Capital District and other professional organizations. They lead storytelling workshops in upstate New York, teaching adults to tell personal, family, and traditional stories. (Stories by participants in a recent series in Glens Falls, Salem, and Indian Lake are accessible on the Folklife Center website at