Our next regular Board of Trustees meeting will be May 12th, 2014 at 6:30 in the Community Room. All are welcome to attend.

Apr 14, 2014

Trustee Candidates

We have three impressive candidates running for three open trustee seats to be voted on April 22nd from 12:00 - 8:00 in the Community Room. Want to know a little more about them? Here goes: Rebecca Young-Cherizard has lived in Middleburgh since 2012. She moved here with her husband
and three children from the Albany, New York area. Rebecca started working in the food industry at age 17 in Pennsylvania as a cake decorator. After traveling to California for a bit, Brooklyn, NY became her hometown, where she worked in various kitchens, sharpening her culinary skills. After marrying her husband in 1999, they started a family and had their first son in 2001. September 11th hit too close to home and they made the decision to move upstate. She left work to start a family, which quickly became a full time job. In the next few years Rebecca had another son and a daughter. As her children grew older, education became a priority. And now she and her husband homeschool their three children. Rebecca spends her days exploring the world with her children, cooking wonderful food, reading, reading out loud to her children, hiking, daydreaming, writing, laughing, and teaching her children the love of reading. In her free time Rebecca dusts her huge collection of various books, hangs out at the Middleburgh Library, and requests enormous amounts of books from the Mohawk Valley Library System.

Timothy Knight is a twenty year old college student originally from Richmondville who moved to the Village of Middleburgh in 2012. He was homeschooled and briefly served in the New York Army National Guard before being medically disqualified. He founded the Schoharie News in June 2013.

Susan London was born in New York City, and has lived in Schoharie County for forty years. She works as a part time lecturer at SUNY Cobleskill, teaching Children's Literature and Introduction to College Writing. In 2010 Susan retired from the Middleburgh Central School District after 30 years as an elementary teacher. It is her lifelong love of reading and writing that has been the impetus for her life's work as an educator.

While teaching in Middleburgh, Susan also served as English Language Arts Coordinator and grant writer, coordinator for the Odyssey of the Mind Program and facilitator for several home-to-school programs. Her classroom experience includes 4-8 years in each of the following grade levels: kindergarten, second, third and fourth grades.

Susan's recent work with SUNY Cobleskill has further sparked her interest in the language development of children younger than three years old. She hopes to explore how the Middleburgh Library can play a greater role in helping the parents of babies and toddlers understand the importance of early language development and its connection to future school success.

Apr 1, 2014

Library Budget & Trustee Vote

The Middleburgh Library budget vote will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from noon to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the library, 323 Main Street. The vote is open to qualified voters in the Middleburgh Central School District. In addition to the proposed budget of $115,000 voters will decide on three library trustee seats. One is currently held by Carol Coltrain, and two are at large. Absentee ballot applications are available at the library as well as copies of the proposed budget. Click here to download a copy of the budget now: http://document.li/Za74.  Absentee Ballots can be picked up at the library or downloaded here:  Page 1   Page 2 

Mar 15, 2011

Storytime Fun!

The Middleburgh Library offers a selection of fun, interactive storytimes for you and your child.  All of our storytime programs are drop-in and require no registration.  For more information,  see our storytime brochure.

Oct 15, 2009

Reader's Services

Book Discussion Group - Our book discussion group reads a wide variety of literature.  Look for our lively discussion on the third Tuesday of the month in the  Library reading room at 7:00pm. For information on the current month's selection click here.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.  Leave your comments and criticisms at Good Reads, our online book discussion forum.  We'd love to hear from you!  If you have a suggestion for what to read next or would like to lead a discussion, please send us an e-mail.

Downloadable Audio Books - With your library card, you can have access to over 1,200 titles which can be downloaded to your computer (not the library computer) and to many portable listening devices including portable music players, portable media centers, Pocket PCs, and even select smartphone devices.  Click here to get started.

New in the Library - Our New in the Library widget to the right of your screen lists new adult fiction, non-fiction and media on our shelves.  Click on the image to read reviews and a synopsis of the item from Amazon.  If you would like to request the book, go to our online catalog and click on Patron Account to log-in.  Provide your library card number (found on the back of your card) and your pin number - the last four digits of your telephone number.  Search for your book by title and click Place Request to have a copy of the book held for you.  You will be notified when the book is available for you to pick up.

What to Read Next?  To help you in your search for the next great read, we've compiled a list of resources valuable to readers and writers.  You can also search the Language and Literature Online Databases from the Mohawk Valley Library System for ideas - and don't forget to ask us too - we're always reading something good!

Oct 14, 2009

What's Happening?

It's hard to keep up with all that's happening at the library - but there's no reason to miss your favorite event.  Check out the Events Calendar or our "This Week at the Library" widget (those little boxes in the sidebar of our page) for dates and times of upcoming programs.  For more in-depth information you'll want to read our monthly program brochures:

Storytime Brochure

If you would like to receive the monthly brochures in your e-mail - before they appear on the website - click the link at the top right of this page.  To make sure you know everything that's going on,  subscribe to a feed of all website posts.  Information on Book Discussions can be found on our Reader's Services page.

Some library events require registration and some do not.  To register for a program, call the circulation desk at (518) 827-5142, or send us an email Make sure you include your name and phone number in your e-mail.  For some events you will see a "Register Now" button at the bottom of the event post.  Click there to automatically register.  If you have suggestions or ideas for programming, please contact the director - I love to hear from you!

Oct 13, 2009


The Middleburgh Library strives to offer the best service to our patrons.  The Library champions the joy of reading and lifelong learning with children’s programs, family and community events, educational programming and collections that nurture the imagination. Through your donations, volunteering and advocacy, you support the library's mission and help us to be the best that we can be.

There are many ways for you to make a difference!

Individual Giving:

You may make a tax-deductible donation to support the Library at any time by mailing a check made payable to The Middleburgh Library Association.


Would you like to honor the memory of a special loved one?  Consider making a donation as a memorial; amounts are kept confidential.

Endowment and Planned Giving

Gifts to endow the Library demonstrate a fundamental dedication to the long-term intellectual and cultural vigor of our community. You can help build the Library endowment with gifts of cash, stock, real estate or other assets. You may also choose to include the Middleburgh Library in your will or other estate planning.  Please call the library director at 827-5142 to discuss your options.

Donation of Material 

We are happy to accept donations of good quality hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept encyclopedias, Reader's Digest editions or material that is dirty, moldy or beyond repair.  We will review all donated material to see how it fits our needs.  Some items will be added to our collection, while others will be sold in our Book Nook or at our annual book sale. The money raised will support all of our programs and services, especially our Summer Reading Program. It is best to contact the library first before bringing in your donations.


The Best House - The Best House is in desperate need of volunteers!  Do you have an interest in history, the Victorian Era, beautiful old houses or medicine? Perhaps you would like to be trained as a docent or tour guide for the Best House.  Currently, we are looking for people 16 or older who might be available for a few hours on Thursdays.  If you're interested please email the library at tpavoldi@sals.edu and we will forward your information to the Best House Director.

The Local History & Genealogy Room - If you have an interest in Geneaology or Local History why not consider volunteering in our Local History Room.  Days, times and projects are varied and flexible.  For more information please stop in the library or email the Director at tpavoldi@sals.edu.

Fundraising - have an interest in serving on our fundraising committee?  That's right - you don't need to be a Board of Trustee member to serve on our committees.  The fundraising committee, which meets about six times a year, plans fundraising events to raise money for our library programs.  Interested in attending a meeting?  Please contact the library or email the Director at tpavoldi@sals.edu.

Teaching a Workshop - Do you have a special skill or interest that you would like to share with your neighbors?  How about teaching a class or a workshop here at the library.  Contact the Director to discuss the possibilities!

Shelving - We are always in need of people to shelve books.  Can you spare an hour or two a week?  Stop in and talk to the clerk at the circulation desk for more information.

Board of Trustees

You can serve the library and your community an impactful way by running for one of our vacant Board of Trustees seats in April.  Serving the the community as a library trustee is an important job.  As State Librarian Janet Welch writes in the preface to the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State (2000) "A good public library benefits and serves the entire community. [Trustees] make policy and fiscal decisions crucial to the life and direction of the library. Their decisions impact the lives of people and the future of their community. Library trustees are responsible to the library and to the public it serves and must be tireless advocates for improving library services."  Serving as a board member includes many challenges and many rewards as well.  For more information please contact the director, Terry Pavoldi at 827-5142.

Friends of the Library

Coming soon!

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Museum Passes

Through the generous support of Price Chopper, the library has a selection of museum passes that are available for you and your family to borrow. Guidelines for use are as follows:

*Passes are available to Middleburgh Library Cardholders in good standing only.
*Passes may be borrowed for three days at a time and must be returned to the circulation desk - not put in the drop box.
*Passes are circulated on a first come first serve basis. No holds or renewals are available and only one pass may be taken out at a time.
*Overdue fines are $5.00 per day.
*If a museum pass is lost or stolen, the replacement fee is the responsibility of the card holder.

Available Passes:

The Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
This pass admits 2 adults and their children under 18 and enables you to a 10% discount at the museum store.
Replacement fee is $50.00.

The Iroquois Indian Museum
This pass admits two adults and two children to the museum.
Replacement fee is $35.00.

Oct 12, 2009

Book Nook

Our Book Nook is now open! The library is selling gently used hardcover, paperback and children's books on the shelf closest to the local history room. Hardcover books are $1.00 a piece or 6 for $5.00. Paperbacks are .50 cents. The selection changes often so take some time to look. You just might find a treasure! All proceeds further library programs and services.