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Kinderhook Library gets ready for fall construction


KINDERHOOK – On Monday, August 28, Kinderhook Memorial Library broke ground for a large addition to the building at 18 Hudson Street in the village. Library Board President Gary Spielmann made the opening speech at the gathering on the back lawn of the library where the addition will be erected. He said, “This is the second ground breaking in thirteen months for the library, and we are thrilled that this is coming so soon after the completion of the reading porch.”

The ribbon for that smaller reading room addition was cut on December 10, 2016.

“We are so proud of our community support,” he told the crowd. He named some of the people in attendance including town supervisors Ron Knott of Stuyvesant and Pat Grattan of Kinderhook, Kinderhook Town Councilwoman Patsy Leader, Kinderhook Mayor James Dunham and Deputy Mayor Rich Phillips, and noted the cooperation of the village’s planning and historic preservation boards.

Library board members, staff, local officials — including (far r) Congressman John Faso (R – 19th) – and friends of the library attended a ground on Monday, August 28 in the backyard of the Kinderhook Memorial Library. Pictured center (in jacket) is Library Board President Gary Spielmann and (on his left) Library Director AnnaLee Giraldo. Photo by David Lee

The architect for the project is Butler Rowland Mays of Ballston Spa, a firm that has a reputation for their library designs, and the contractor will be James Romanchuck and Sons of Hudson who also built the library’s reading room. Mr. Romanchuck said that construction on the 3,000 square foot addition will begin on September 18 and continue through the following year.

Kinderhook Library Board members presented a new banner for the front of the library displaying the $2.1 million dollars of a $2.3 million goal that had so far been raised. They made special mention of state Senator Kathy Marchione (R-43rd) who helped to secure state money for the project. The campaign also received large donations from the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, and $150,000 donation from Kinderhook resident Berry Herbold in his wife’s, Jackie Carter, name. The children’s section of the library, upon completion, will be named for Ms. Carter.

According to Library Director AnnaLee Giraldo, the addition will include a 50 person meeting room for programs, handicapped accessible bathrooms, and teens reading room. The children’s reading room will expand by 2-1/2 times. The adult collection will also be expanding. She said that planned new technology will include fiber-optic cable for fast internet accessibility, loan tablets and self-checkout.

Programs will continue at the library as construction gets underway. For more information go to

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