The Germantown Library is located down the street from the Town Hall at 31 Palatine Park Road and within walking distance of the Germantown Central School.
31 Palatine Park Road
Germantown, NY 12526
About the Library:
The mission of the Germantown Library is to maintain and improve the quality of life for all citizens of our community by providing resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment and enjoyment in the most efficient manner possible. We especially recognize our responsibility to serve as a place for children to discover the joy of reading and the value of libraries.
Our library was founded in 1948 through the efforts of Emily Fingar Lappe and members of the Germantown Garden Club. The library was located in the Town Hall on Main Street, across from the present Post Office. Volunteers ran the library until 1950 when Bessie Muller-Babcock was hired as the first librarian at a salary of $100 per year.
In 1980 the library moved into the new Town Hall, now located in Palatine Park. Within ten years, however, it became apparent that this space was inadequate to meet the demands of a growing collection of material and increasing public use.
The new permanent home of the Germantown library opened in February 2008 and features a designated children’s room, young adult and adult sections and a media section. In 2010 the Hover Room was completed thanks in part to a grant from the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation and offers space for library-hosted programs, classes, performances, and community organization meetings.
Board of Trustees:
President: Les Olsson
Vice-President: Susan Ludwig
Treasurer: Cynthia Rowe Andrus
Secretary: Susan Randazzo
Trustees: Robert Bangiola, Claudia Brehse, Betsy Cawley, Margaret della Cioppa, Virginia DiPalma, Jennifer Leipham, Pamela MacDonald, Katherine Overington, Eve Thoreau, Donald Westmore
Director Lynn Place