Library Closed Saturday and Monday for Labor Day

Good Afternoon Patrons and Friends!
As you can see, we will be closed Monday, Sept. 2nd all day AND we will also be closed on Sat. Aug. 31st also for the holiday. Sorry for the short notice, but the Director suffers from ‘Mad Cow’ ala Denny Crane! Enjoy the nice long weekend!

Richards Library awarded a Preserve New York Grant This grant will fund a Building Condition Report

ALBANY, NY, 08/10/19 — The Richards
Library is one of this year’s Preserve New York (PNY) grantees. Their grant
of $4,000
will allow the Richards Library to hire Landmark Consulting of Albany to
complete a thorough building condition report that pays special attention to
these areas of concern. The Library board hopes the compilation of this report
will help them plan, prioritize, and initiate preservation improvements that
will allow the windows to become more energy efficient and usable, and to
repair the entryway and stairs so they resemble their original appearance once
again.

The Preservation League of NYS and their program partners at the New York
State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) are thrilled to help fund this important
work.

The Richards Library serves the community local to Warrensburg and was
constructed in 1901. The building was built according to a design developed by
A.W. Fuller of Albany and constructed by Jonah Hesse of Johnstown. The library
building is an excellent example of early 20th-century architecture that
celebrates local materials and handiwork and was made from native, rough
granite that was quarried nearby. Although library administrators have made
updates and renovations to the building over time, it has never been fully
surveyed or studied by a professional preservation architect. Deterioration
issues have begun to accumulate, notably the historic windows, main doorway,
and granite steps.

The 2019 PNY grant cycle was the most
competitive in the program’s 26-year history.
An independent jury met in June
to review over 70 applications. After
two days of deliberations, $262,498 was awarded to 31 projects across 25
counties.  

Preserve New
York is a regrant partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts
(NYSCA) and the Preservation League of NYS. PNY enables the Preservation League
to support projects in all of New York’s 62 counties.

Since
1993, the Preserve New York grant program has been providing funds to
municipalities and nonprofit organizations that need technical, professional
assistance to guide a variety of preservation projects. The historic structure
reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural
resource surveys that are funded through this program can have profound impacts
on the sites they are studying.

With
the announcement of the 2019 awards, support provided by PNY since its launch
totals more than $2.8 million to 438 projects statewide.

2019
PNY Grant Recipients:

Bronx County: Historic Districts Council – $14,000; Cayuga
County:
Seward House Museum – $10,000; Chautauqua County: Jamestown
Renaissance Corporation – $4,208; Clinton County: Town of Schuyler Falls
– $10,000; Columbia County: Philmont Beautification, Inc. – $10,000
& Columbia County Historical Society – $10,000; Delaware County: West
Kortright Centre – $4,764; Dutchess County: Village of Rhinebeck –
$7,875 & Red Hook Public Library – $2,600; Erie County: Preservation
Buffalo Niagara – $20,000; Essex County: The Depot Theatre, Inc. –
$4,712; Greene County: Zadock Pratt Museum, Inc. – $6,400 & Greene
County Council on the Arts – $13,191; Lewis County: Lewis County
Historical Society – $10,000; Madison County: Smithfield Community
Association – $13,017; Montgomery County: Greater Mohawk Valley Land
Bank – $5,200 & Historic Amsterdam League – $14,560; Nassau County: North
Shore Land Alliance – $12,000; New York County: Ascendant Neighborhood
Development Corporation – $10,000; Rensselaer County: Village of
Castleton-on-Hudson – $3,000; Rockland County: John Green Preservation
Coalition – $8,000; Saratoga County: Town of Corinth – $10,000; Schoharie
County:
Jefferson Historical Society – $6,883 & County of Schoharie –
$3,968; Suffolk County: Preservation Long Island – $7,900 & Yaphank
Historical Society – $9,200; Tioga County: Village of Owego – $8,000; Warren
County:
Richards Library – $4,000; Wayne County: Baptist Rural
Cemetery Association of Sodus Center – $1,700; Westchester County: Village
of Larchmont – $10,000; Yates County: Village of Penn Yan – $7,320

“NYSCA is
proud to support the vitality and character of our communities through our
Preserve New York partnership, which provides key resources to historic sites,
buildings, and cultural centers statewide and underscores the importance of
architecture and landscape design in community revitalization and economic
development,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus.

“Thanks to the
League’s record of making effective preservation grants through Preserve New
York and TAG, our program partner, the New York State Council on the Arts
(NYSCA), has increased regrant funding significantly over the past several
years,” said Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation and the
Preservation League
. “At the same time, in response to growing demand, the
League has successfully lined up additional support to leverage NYSCA funding
and League resources. NYSCA and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation make
these grants possible through their program partnership and financial support.”

The Preserve
New York grant program is made possible by the New York State Council on the
Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York
State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided
additional support for projects in Nassau, Suffolk and Bronx Counties.

About the Preservation League of New
York State

Since its
founding in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and
effectiveness. Our goal has been to preserve our historic buildings, districts
and landscapes and to build a better New York, one community at a time. The
Preservation League of New York State invests in people and projects that
champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization,
sustainable economic growth and the protection of our historic buildings and
landscapes. We lead advocacy, economic development and education programs
across the state.

Connect with us
at facebook.com/preservenys, twitter.com/preservenys, and instagram.com/preservenys.

Pushing the Limits is Here!

A fun new way to introduce S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) to older adults by way of a “book club”. Please read the description below for more information.

Pushing the Limits is a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program designed for older Adults.  During this program, adults will read books that pertain to certain themes as related to S.T.E.M. over the course of several months.  This year’s themes are: Tradition, Transformation, Motion and Heritage.  Sign-up begins on August 26th and will run through September 9th.  On September 10th, registrants may pick up the first book, “Friday Night Lights”, by H.G. Bissinger.  Our 1st meeting is tentatively set for Thursday, October 17th at 6 PM in the Community Event Room of The Richards Library.  All meetings should last no more than 1 hour.  To register, call The Richards Library at 518-623-3011 or stop by in person.  For additional information, call the library at the aforementioned phone number and ask for Mike Sullivan.  This is a fun and informative program and we hope you will join us, meet new people and share your ideas and opinions! 

Kids Program Canceled

The Sculpting for Kids program, on Thursday, August 22nd at 2 PM has been CANCELED. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks to all!

Reptile Adventure Children’s Program, Mon., Aug. 19th

ATTENTION! We have slated a NEW Children’s Program for THIS Monday, August 19th at 2 PM. We will be having Jessica Shea presenting her “Reptile Adventure” which includes lizards, snakes and a few surprises. This is interactive and everyone will be able to handle the animals under Jessica’s supervision. A very fun time!!! Stop by or call 518-623-3011 to register. As always a parent/guardian MUST accompany the children!!

Cancellation of Programs

The Exotic Animal program and Acrylic Painting for Adults with Casey Beal has been canceled. We are looking to get another program with animals scheduled as quickly as possible and the painting class will hopefully happen this fall. Please watch our Facebook page or our web page at
www.therichardslibrary.com for further annoucements…thank you!

Info About the 2020 Census

Ensuring that people have accurate information about the 2020 Census will be critical in the wake of concerns about a possible citizenship question.

  • The 2020 Census will not ask respondents about their citizenship.
  • Filling out the census form is important and safe. A complete count is vital to ensuring political representation, and federal funding is properly allocated based on all the people who live in our cities and towns. Communities that are undercounted are disadvantaged both economically and politically.
  • US law provides strong confidentiality protections and safeguards for census responses. The law prohibits the US Census Bureau from sharing personal census responses with any other government agency, court of law, or private entity for any purpose, including law enforcement. Census Bureau staff who have access to personal information are sworn for life to protect confidentiality. They are subject to a $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.
  • The Census Bureau will never ask for a bank or credit card number, Social Security number, a payment, or donation. People can check if they have questions about mail, email, phone calls, or visits that claim to come from the Census Bureau.

Red Cross Blood Drive Reminder

REMINDER: The American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive at the Richards Library on Friday, July 5th from 11 AM-4 PM. All Types are needed but especially O POS & O NEG. To Register, call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to: redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: RICHARDLIBNY.
Thank you for giving the gift of life!!

Access to Ancestry.com @ the Library!