Each September, residents of the Library District vote on the Library’s budget and elect Board of Trustee members. Voters need to be registered in New York State (NYS) and live within the Library District 30 days prior to the vote.
The Library District consists of all of the Town of Clifton Park and the areas in the Town of Halfmoon that are not served by the Mechanicville or Waterford-Halfmoon School Districts. The Library District does not follow the Shenendehowa School District boundaries.
2022 Budget Vote & Trustee Election
A Message from the Library Board of Trustees
As we approach the end of another unusual year, we’d like to take a moment and reflect on the accomplishments of the library staff over the past 18 months. Through unpredictable circumstances and constantly changing guidance, the Library never faltered in service to the public. With adaptability and flexibility, the staff continued to provide services to the community during building closures and limited hours, all while adhering to the necessary safety guidelines and protocols. The Library was there for our community during this difficult time—offering programs, whether they were virtual or to-go; continuing to develop collections; waiving fees and extending loan periods; and eventually, welcoming people back inside the Library to browse, borrow, and take advantage of the many services.
You may not know the Library offers notary service, remote web printing service, free WiFi accessible from the Reading Garden and parking lot, as well as inside the building, classes for English Language Learners, free streaming service, and more. During the building closure and over the course of the year, the Library saw a significant increase in the use of many of the services accessible with just your library card:
- 240,000 website visits
- Database usage increased by 1,200 sessions
- More than 600 new digital borrowers; 35% increase in digital downloads
- Streaming service usage up 170%
As the library board, we believe we are offering a fiscally responsible budget this year–one that has a minimal financial impact and guarantees you can continue to count on the Library to be there no matter what the circumstances may be. Although times are still uncertain, we are looking ahead with optimism and hope for the future, and promise to continue to offer the same level of service–educating, entertaining, and enriching–our communities have become accustomed to. We commend the staff for helping the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library stand apart by continuously addressing the changing situation and we thank the public for their continual support and understanding.
This year’s Budget Vote and Trustee Election is scheduled for Thursday, September 23 at the Library from 7am – 9pm.
By the legislated deadline of August 24, 2021 one petition has been filed for the Clifton Park seat. The trustee candidate is Jason DiGianni.
Two petitions have been filed for the two Halfmoon seats. The trustee candidates are: Russell Wise and Tom Madison.