Destination Ellicottville: 50 Years of WNYLRC

Our ongoing celebration of WNYLRC’s 50th anniversary finished with a bang at our Annual Meeting of the Membership in Ellicottville, held on Friday, September 30th. We met at the Ellicottville Brewing Company and had a day full of activity, including presentations, basket raffles, trivia, and of course, good food.

After breakfast, Executive Director Sheryl Knab gave opening remarks, and introduced our first speaker, Brian McFadden from the Ellicottville Chamber Commerce. Speaking on the topic of “Destinations,” Brian discussed the town’s growth from winter-popularity to having a year-round calendar of events and activities.


Next we heard from Laura Flanagan, Director of the Ellicottville Public Library, who spoke about the library’s long history, variety of locations, and how she has succeeded in building strong relationships with community residents and organizations.



Board of Trustees president Heidi Julien (University at Buffalo, Department of Library and Information Studies) presided over our business meeting, which included our annual awards, presented by Dawn Peters (Buffalo & Erie County Public Library). Our Excellence in Library Service award went to Renee Masters, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, and our Outstanding Program/Service award went to Erie Community College Libraries for their “Human Library” event.

Renee Masters
Renee Masters


ECC librarians Taheera Shaheed-Sonubi & Jamie Smith
ECC librarians Taheera Shaheed-Sonubi & Jamie Smith

During lunch, we had a ceremonial cake cutting, a slideshow of photos from WNYLRC’s history, and time for people to put in their raffle tickets for the multiple baskets available. The baskets were donated by WNYLRC committees and member institutions.



After lunch, we heard from our main speaker, Jennifer Reingold, who is the Senior Editor at Fortune Magazine. She spoke about what makes a good leader, including examples from the business world.


We then had short presentations from members at different library types, talking about the possibilities for WNYLRC and our libraries in the next 50 years: Mary Jean Jakubowski, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library; Charles Lyons, University at Buffalo Libraries; Sue Bartle, Erie 2 BOCES SLS; Alicia Thompson, Erie 1 BOCES SLS; and Amanda M. Shepp, Marion H. Skidmore Library.

The meeting concluded with announcing the winners of the baskets and door-prizes. Some of our members stayed in the area to participate in some extra activities we had arranged, including a beer tasting and a tour of the Ellicottville Library.

Thank you to all our members for making this celebratory year, and our 50th annual meeting, a success! We look forward to another 50 years of working with you.