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Goshen Public Library and Historical Society

Across the Director's Desk

by Pauline J. Kehoe

April 28, 1999

The library's 1999-2000 operating budget was approved by a vote of 143 - 47. Mark Gargiulo was re-elected to a five year term on the Board of Trustees and David Donovan was elected to fill out the remaining two years of the term to which he had been appointed in October. Cynthia Zalkin was re-elected to her second five year term by write-in vote. Mrs. Zalkin received 12 votes. Two other write-in candidates (Jack Clancy and Eleanor Dunkelman) each received one vote.

The Goshen Public Library and Historical Society celebrated National Library Week (April 11 - 17) with the start of it's fourth Poetry Fest, the first to become a month long celebration of National Poetry Month. The first week's poetry consisted of coffehouse readings, poetry performances, a poetry writing workshop and a "Dead Poet's Slam". The Poetry Fest will conclude on April 27.

Goshen High School's poetry enrichment group, Mindscapes, was featured Tuesday evening, April 13 at the second in a three week series of of programs celebrating National Poetry Month. This programs, aimed at teens, featured Frank Deserto, Holly Kingstrom and Kevin Larkin, who performed from their own creative works. The poems were full of figurative language to gain impact, freshness of expression or pictorial effect and the performances conveyed each writer's passion. Mrs. K. Frahme's students are wise and insightfull beyond their years, and we hope to have them back again.

April 18 - 24 is National Volunteer Week, so the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society began the week by hosting a morning coffee break in appreciation of the adult volunteers who have worked regularly scheduled hours at the library over the past year, and perform tasks that wouldn't get done without their able assistance. These include Shads Room volunteers Roy Croswell, Carol Swanwick and Margaret Walling; reference volunteers Jane Beatty, Eileen Muller and Joan Schweikert; and circulation volunteer Carrie Reynolds. Carrie and Roy have logged so many volunteer hours that they are more like adjunct staff. Also honored was "retired" volunteer Kitty Irons who had worked at the circulation desk and in the Shans Room.

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