• Hours

    Monday: 3:00PM - 8:00PM
    Tuesday: 1:00PM - 6:00PM
    Wednesday: 1:00PM - 8:00PM
    Thursday: 1:00PM - 6:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 2:00 PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
    Sunday: Closed
  • Contact Information

    D.R. Evarts Library
    80 Second St
    Athens, NY 12015
    Phone: 518-945-1417
    Fax: 518-945-1725
    Email: d.r.evartslibrary@gmail.com
  • Upcoming Events

    • October 22, 2014

    • November 18, 2014
      7:00 pm

    • December 9, 2014
      7:00 pm

Library Trustee and Budget Vote in Athens

The D.R. Evarts Library in Athens will hold its annual Trustee election and budget vote on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 12 to 9 PM at the library on Second Street.

Voters will be asked to consider five candidates running to fill available seats on the Board of Trustees. Trustees Nora Adelman, Katherine Montague and Pamela Allen are seeking to retain their current seats on the Board. Ms. Adelman and Ms. Montague have served on the Library Board since 2012.  Ms. Adelman brings her extensive involvement with various arts groups and the Athens Cultural Center to the attention of the library's outreach programs. Ms. Montague's employment background with several non-profit organizations enables her to advise the Board on library policies.  In addition to volunteering with several community organizations, Ms. Montague also serves as the chair of the library’s monthly Book Club.

A recent Board appointee, Pamela Allen is uniquely qualified to bring the community’s needs to the Board since she both lives and works full time in Athens.  Besides having agreed to serve out the term of a recently resigned Board member, Ms. Allen's commitment to the community includes membership in the Athens Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Coxsackie-Athens Little League.

Running for a first time seat on the Board of Trustees are candidates Anne Pirrone and Neil J. Smith. Well known to the Athens community because of her work with the Athens Seniors, Ms. Pirrone will have a first-hand perspective about how the library can better serve its senior community. In addition, she will bring to the Board the administrative experience gained through working with the New York City Board of Education for over twenty-two years.  Neil Smith is a writer and currently teaches creative writing classes locally.  He has taught at NYU, the New School and Wagner College. He spent thirty-five years working for the New York Quarterly serving for the latter fifteen as vice-president.  Mr. Smith values the presence of libraries in communities and looks forward to taking on a more active role in his local library.

 For 2015, the Board of Trustees has proposed a budget again keeping its increase under $5,000. Increases in interlibrary loan fees along with the planned purchases of additional books, DVDs and periodicals, have all served to increase budget expenditures. Fortunately, increases in building maintenance and repair have been kept to a minimum because of the Board's ongoing program of preventive maintenance on the library's historic building.  Utility cost increases, as always, are the "wild cards" that the Board must plan for to keep patrons safe and comfortable throughout the year. In response to patron demand, the library also continues to upgrade its computer presence.

Those residents unable to vote on October 22 are asked to pick up an absentee ballot application at the library. If the ballot must be mailed to the voter, the request must be received by the library no later than October 15.  Residents can view a detailed copy of the proposed budget at the library during regular library hours.  For more information regarding the election, voters can contact the staff at 945-1417.

Submitted by Jane Hale, Trustee, D.R. Evarts Library



Creative Writing Class During Month of October

stephen foreman   Everyone has a story to tell. Need a little jump start to get that story down?  The D.R. Evarts Library is offering free 6-session Creative Writing program for tweens, teens, and adults starting on Monday, October 6th from 6pm to 8pm.  Stephen H. Foreman, award winning screenwriter, author, and director will lead participants in engaging writing exercises and discuss various techniques of the craft.  Mr. Foreman is best known for his film and TV work which includes the “Jazz Singer” with Lawrence Olivier and Neil Diamond, “Hostage” with Carol Burnett and Annette Benning, “America the Beautiful” with President George H.W. Bush, and “Cougar” for ABC (wrote and directed).  In addition, Mr. Foreman has received various awards including a Fulbright, two Shubert Fellowships, a humanitarian award from the National Catholic Broadcasters of America, and the Yale Literary Magazine award.  He also wrote two books, “Toehold” and “Watching Gideon”.
So don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.  Registration is required.  Please stop by the D.R. Evarts Library or call us for more information.
This event is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.


eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids. Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children's section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid's eReading Room.


Athens Book Club Selections

The Athens Book Group is starting 2014 off with a number of great books.  The Book Group selections for the coming months are:
 October 27, 2014        Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
One morning, a woman wakes up and realizes she has turned into the wrong person.  The woman is Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother.  Is she really this joyous and outgoing organizer of parties, the put-upon heart of her dead husband's extended family? What happened to her quiet and serious nineteen-year-old self, and what would have happened if she'd married her college sweetheart?  Is she an imposter in her own life?  She asks herself.  Is it indeed her own life?  Or is it someone else’s? Can someone ever recover the person they've left behind?
The Athens Book Group meets in the basement of the D.R. Evarts Library on the last Monday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  We encourage you to join us for an evening of good company and lively discussion.


Tiny Tales Preschool Story Hour

Get moving at our library with stories, songs and silly fun that builds upon your child's language and motor skills.  Little ones and their grownups are encouraged to become actively involved in the stories and activities.  This FREE program is offered every 1st and 3rd Friday morning from 10:30am to 11:30am.
AGE:  Open to all children up to the age of 5 years old
UPCOMING PROGRAM DATES:  October 3, and 17


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