Rotarians Hear About Fulton Public Library

FULTON, NY – At a recent Fulton Rotary meeting, Ray Czachor introduced Betty Maute, director of the  Fulton Public Library.

Ray Czachor and Betty Maute.
Ray Czachor and Betty Maute.

Betty has been employed as the director of the Fulton Library for the past seven months.

She discussed the fact that the Fulton Library is part of the North County Library System.

The North County Library System provides the local library with many services, such as IT support, software, and training.

They also help in the outreach to provide books, videos, and audio books to home bound and or individuals physically unable to get to the library.

She had great praise for the services provided by the North Country Library Service.

The Fulton Public Library is owned and administered by the city of Fulton.

The city cut the library budget by one-third, or $80,000 this year.

Beginning this week, the library will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and open Wednesday – Saturday.

Some layoffs of library personnel have also taken place.

Despite the budget and staffing cuts the Rotarians were amazed at the constant programming she and her staff have been able to maintain.

Betty provided the club a list of some events that happen at the library. The pubic is welcome to attend all of these programs.

Sketch Jam – Every Thursday 4 – 6 p.m. for ages 10 and up.
Knitting/Fiber Arts – Every first and third Saturday 3 – 5 p.m. for beginners on up.
Coupon Exchange – Every first and third Wednesday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Board Meeting – Open to the public.  Third Wednesday of each month at noon in the library.
Friends of the Library – March 15 at 6 p.m. For all those who want to help!
E-books – 2 upcoming class on all electronic books – March 21 ad 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Please contact library to sign up – space is limited.
Local Author Jim Farfaglia will be at a 6 p.m. reception followed by a reading, discussion and book signing.

Betty informed the Rotarians that the library needs any and all support from the community at this difficult time.