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Winners of Moffat Library Writing Contest Announced

“Moffat” pencil and watercolor by Peyton Andretta, age 9

Winners of Moffat Library Writing Contest Announced

Thank you to all the young people who submitted a piece for the 2017 Moffat Library Writing Contest!  We are inspired by your appreciation and commitment to the Moffat Library.  All the entries will be published in a Commemorative Booklet to go on display at the Moffat Library after the Grand Re-Opening in September.

*Thanks to our judges, Rosemarie Werkman, Eugenia Moscowitz & Maureen Knipp who judged the work anonymously.

We look forward to sharing the creativity of all these talented young people with our whole community when we are back in the historic Moffat Library building.

Level A (Grades 3-5) Winners:

First Place: “A Place to Call Home” by Elizabeth Wakeham

Honorable Mention: “The Library of Dreams” by Abigail Fontana

Level B (Grades 6-8) Winners:

First Place: “Moffat Library Was and Is: A Letter to my Younger Self” by Miranda Frisbee

Honorable Mention: “The Relationship of Libraries and Memories” by Julia Ariano

Level C (Grades 9-12) Winners:

First Place: “What does the Moffat Library Mean to Me?” by Michaela Frisbee

Honorable Mention: “The Moffat Library is…” by Samantha Frisbee

Cover Art for the Commemorative Booklet by Peyton Andretta

Our Spring Newsletter is Out!

Look out for our quarterly newsletter in the mail!

Our Spring Newsletter is Out!

Look out for our quarterly newsletter, delivered to all Moffat Library district residents in the mail.

In our Spring 2017 Newsletter you’ll find building news updates, programs for adults, teens and children and news from the Friends of the Moffat Library.

*Please Note: The time and location of the FYE18 Library Budget Vote public hearing on April 27, 2017 has been changed.  Please see page 4 of the newsletter for info.

For even more timely information on upcoming programs, library resources and all our news, please consider signing up for our email newsletter.

Click to view the newsletter online!

FYE18 Library Budget Vote

Moffat Library FYE18 Budget


WHEN:  Tuesday, May 2nd from 9 am – 8 pm @ Moffat Library

WHO CAN VOTE:  All residents of Washingtonville Central School District registered to vote in a general or school election.

INFORMATION MEETING:  Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 PM @ The Caldwell House

ABSENTEE BALLOTS:  Available at Library front desk. Ballots must be received by 5 PM on May 2, 2017.

BOARD TRUSTEE VACANCY:  There is one (1) vacancy on the board of trustees for a 5-year term. Petitions available at the circulation desk. Please return completed petition and brief record of personal history and experience by April 18, 2017.

PROPOSED BUDGET & CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES: Available to view at front desk two weeks prior to vote.


As we move back to our expanded Moffat Library this modest annual proposed operating increase will help us to cover the added expense of the minimum wage increase + a minimum of additional staff so  all areas of the larger building are monitored during library hours and to assist with an anticipated increase in traffic.

In addition, bringing our Library into the 21st century technologically includes the addition of 17 new workstations and software and peripherals – in essence, doubling the amount of terminals that we currently have, the bulk of which will be for public use.

The proposed operating budget increase averages about $5.60 per year per household. For the cost of a couple of cups of coffee, we can continue to provide you and your family with the myriad programs and services that you have come to depend on all throughout the year.

Click for FYE18 Proposed Budget

Click for FYE18 Library Vote Notice


Back by Popular Demand

Due to the unprecedented popularity of FOML’s Moffat Library ornaments, we are happy to announce that we have another hundred to offer for sale! The price is $10.00 and they are available at the the library after April 3.

This delightful ornament shows the historic Moffat Library building.  It would a fantastic memento of the restoration and expansion of the library and it’s grand reopening in September!

See What We Do for more information on FOML’s fundraising activities.

Rosetta Stone @ Moffat

Rosetta Stone prize-winning language learning available online from the Moffat Library website

Rosetta Stone Language Learning Now Available from the Library

The Moffat Library is now making Rosetta Stone available to patrons so that they can achieve personalized language learning goals. With this prize-winning online language learning system, you have access to 30 offered languages, and can use them to study a new language or brush up on one you already know.

In addition, this online resource is available for free from our website (click here) either in the library or remotely from your home computer. It’s also the perfect tool for patrons who have English as a second language to perfect their English language skills. Focused activities expand vocabulary and refine grammar and pronunciation.

A Rosetta Stone mobile app is available for those on the move. Click for instructions on downloading and using the app.

Moffat Library Writing Contest

Moffat Library in the Snow, by E. J. McLaughlin III

Moffat Library Writing Contest

Excitement for the Grand Re-Opening of the Moffat Library is building!  With the anticipated opening in Fall of 2017, the library will hold a Writing Contest for children and teens with the theme “Moffat Library is…” 

Entries will be published in a commemorative booklet for display in the Moffat Library, and winners will be honored at the Moffat Library Opening Ceremony.

Students grades 3-12 (or homeschooling equivalent) living in the Washingtonville School District are eligible to enter.  Students’ submissions will be judged in three sections divided by grade level.  Each section will have awards for First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and an Honorable Mention.

The deadline for submission of written entries is March 1, 2017.  Click for Writing Contest Rules and Entry Forms or inquire at the Moffat Library.

To enter, please submit your completed submission and entry form to or Moffat Library Writing Contest, 3348 Route 208 Building 2 Suite 2, Campbell Hall, NY 10916.

Friends of Library Holiday Season Fundraising

Top: Friends of the Library Gift Baskets. Bottom: Moffat Christmas Ornament.

The Friends of the Moffat Library (FOML) are proud to announce the conclusion of a successful holiday fundraising season for the library!

The historic Moffat Library Christmas ornaments were a great hit and are now entirely SOLD OUT! THANK YOU ALL!

If you are looking for some last minute gift ideas, we have a limited supply of EJ McLaughlin historic Moffat Library mugs, as well as, notecard sets of historic Washingtonville scenes. Stop by the Library anytime and support the Friends!

The annual Holiday Baskets fundraiser was a great success!  Winners were announced this past Sunday.

The winners are: Kian Byrons, Laurie Baisley, Jackie Blais, Daniel Byrons, Jose Gonzalez, Polly Allen, Debbie Strelevitz, Cindy Heintz, Marie Temple, Kenneth Allman and Barbara Hultgren. Click here for complete list of winners and the baskets that each of them won.

The Friends wish to thank everyone
for their fantastic support! 
Happy Holidays to All!

Moffat Library Building Update

Moffat Library Building Update

Library Trustees Ruth Manyin, Jeanne Versweyveld and Jim Casazza visited Chapman Stained Glass in Albany where the library’s Tiffany and Belcher windows are under restoration.

Much has happened since our groundbreaking ceremony on April 6th.  As is evident to everyone driving into the heart of Washingtonville, our new Library is taking shape.  The concrete has been poured for the new addition sections and the steel is in place as well. The concrete flooring and ramps for the reading porch are also finished.  Windows are being installed and our Tiffany & Belcher windows are undergoing restoration.

The envelope of the building should be completed by the end of December so that they can continue work throughout the winter on the interior.  The slate on the roof should be in place before the winter snows come.  This will be an exciting event since it will again show our building as it was in all its 1887 glory.  The original slate roof was removed and replaced with an asbestos roof tile during a 1950’s renovation.  Now the beautiful and sturdier slate will again grace our building.

The building committee and the library staff are now concentrating on choices for furniture, shelving, decorating ideas, and carpeting.  Our technology consultant is working with the architects and library staff on the development of a plan for the infrastructure needed for the latest equipment.  We will truly have a library equipped for the 21st century!

The excitement generated by our progress is palpable.  An events committee is already working on the ways we will be celebrating the grand re-opening of our fabulous Moffat Library.  We expect events to begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer culminating in a grand opening in September 2017.  Look for announcements of events and ways you can help and participate!

-The Board of Trustees of Moffat Library of Washingtonville