Looking to the Future at our 51st Annual Meeting

WNYLRC’s 51st Annual Meeting of the Membership was held on Wednesday, October 4th at the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park.

We featured a theme of “Public Art” this year, with 2 time slots for people to select from among 5 tour locations. With choices such as the Buffalo History Museum and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, there were many possible works to appreciate. Each location had a guide leading the group on a tour of the public art at that location. I and my WNYLRC colleague Olivia Helfer were at the Buffalo History Museum. The on-and-off rain sometimes forced us inside the building, but we even learned a lot about the pieces in there too.

At the meeting itself, Board President John Hood (Ecology & Environment) ran the business meeting and spoke some inspirational words about the future of WNYLRC. Then Aaron Ott, of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, gave a fascinating talk on his initiatives with public art in the city of Buffalo.

We also had our Awards presentations. Every year our Awards Committee works hard to solicit nominations and select winners in different categories. This year’s winners were:

Excellence in Library Service Award
Donna Shine, Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society
Buffalo, New York

Excellence in Library Service Award
Amanda Shepp, Marion H. Skidmore Library
Lily Dale Assembly, Lily Dale, New York

Outstanding Library or Library Program
Workforce Development Programs
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Buffalo, New York

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