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Updated Trustee Handbook

Lauren Moore, Executive Director

I am happy to announce that Jerry Nichols and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich in partnership with the New York State Library have recently released the updated Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State.

The 2018 handbook includes clarified information about the Library Treasurer and Library District Clerk positions, an alignment of best practices with the recently approved Minimum Standards for Public Libraries in New York State, new information about the position of the Library Director as an "Officer of the Corporation," and more.

Jerry Nichols noted that the 2018 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is the continuation of a decades-long effort to provide New York State’s 6,000-plus library trustees with a readable and concise reference to assist them in the performance of their duties.  “The demand for up-to-date information for our state’s public library trustees prompted us to publish a new print version of the Handbook to include the many significant changes in library regulations and best practices formulated over the past few years by the State Education Department and the Office of the State Comptroller.  Together with the online version of the Handbook and the many webinars available on the State Library website, trustees now have a solid foundation to help them perform their duties and to best serve their library and their community.”

We plan to order print copies of the updated handbook once they are available. For now, you can find a digital copy by visiting the New York State Library website at

Save the Date for the PLS Annual Meeting

Lauren Moore, Executive Director

Mark your calendars for the Pioneer Library System's Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony. This year the event will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 9:00 am, at the Avon Inn, 55 East Main Street, Avon, NY 14414. Invitations will be sent out very soon with registration information. We look forward to seeing you there.

Pioneer Awards 2018

Lauren Moore, Executive Director

It's time to honor someone in your community! The Pioneer Library System is seeking nominations for the 2018 Pioneer Awards for library staff, trustees, volunteers, and community partners. Submissions should demonstrate how nominees exemplify the values listed below when working with their library. 

Values Identified by Pioneer Library System Board

  1. Leadership
  2. Professionalism
  3. Teamwork
  4. Cooperation
  5. Collaboration

Awards will be presented at the 29th Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Avon Inn in Avon, NY. 

If you've worked with someone who has demonstrated these values, let us know by completing a nomination form by Friday, September 7, 2018.

Pioneer Award Nomination Form

Upcoming Trustee Workshops

Lauren Moore, Executive Director

Below is a list of our upcoming Trustee/Director Workshops. Click the link to register; we hope to see you there.

Supercharged Storytimes Scholarship

Hope Decker, Member Library Liaison

Supercharged Storytimes uses interactivity, intentionality, and community of practice to help children learn with joy! There will be a three-session training in Rochester in November. If you would like to attend, you are encouraged to apply for a $300 scholarship and collection of picture books.

Click here for more information and the application form.

Construction Grant FY 2018

Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director 

Last week the New York State Library announced the approved Construction Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2018. The projects approved for funding include: 

These projects totaled close to $1 million and NYS Public Library Construction Funds were able to fund $660,486 of these 

Library Award
Allens Hill Free Library $8,074.00
Arcade Free Library $28,735.00
Bloomfield Public Library $24,295.00
Bristol Library $14,858.00
Clifton Springs Library $17,910.00
Clyde-Savannah Public Library $63,818.00
Geneva Public Library $129,635.00
Honeoye Public Library $11,306.00
Mount Morris Library $14,345.00
Palmyra Library $108,314.00
Phelps Community Memorial Library $21,676.00
Pioneer Library System $40,184.00
Stevens Memorial Community Library $32,888.00
Wadsworth Library $71,019.00
Warsaw Public Library $22,368.00
Wood Library Association $34,941.00
Wyoming Free Circulating Library Association $16,120.00

If your library is interested in applying for a future Construction Grant, please let me know ( 

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