Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
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475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065 | (518) 371-8622

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Milestones

1966

  • Shenendehowa Rotary Club launches broad community-based Library Steering Committee for purposes of starting a Library for Clifton Park and Halfmoon

1967

  • Residents of School District veto creation of a Community Library

1968

  • Shenendehowa Free Library Association founded
  • Library secures space above bank building at Rt.146 & Rt. 9 intersection

1969

  • April 19, 1969 - First Library Opens over National Commercial Bank (Rt.9 and 146)

1971

  • Library Moves to Cemetery Road Location in 1,000 sq. ft. old schoolhouse, former Baptist Church, provided by the Shenendehowa School District

1973

  • Friends of the Library formed

1974

  • Library Board begins search for a permanent site for a 18,000 sq. ft. facility

1976

  • Assemblyman Robert D'Andrea proposes state legislation to form a joint special Library District. Halfmoon rejects idea

1977

  • Building drive launched to solicit funds for building a new Library on donated site off Rt. 146

1979

  • Rt. 146 site deemed too costly for development

1980

  • Stephen Vinciguerra donates land on Clifton Country Road for a new Library
  • New Library construction completed by December

1981

  • New 4,600 sq. ft. Library Opens, Built from Public Donations
  • Population served - 36,000, Collection grows to 20,000, circulation at 115,000

1983

  • First Computers in the Library, provided for training Children to program
  • Long Range Planning committee formed

1984

  • Long Range Plan identifies ways to stabilize funding and cope with growth
  • Board votes to form a tax-supported special Library District

1985

  • Special Tax District formed by State Legislature, signed by Gov. Cuomo
  • Clifton Park residents approve 716-460, vote annually on Trustees and budget
  • Halfmoon participates through annual contract

1986

  • Name changed to Shenendehowa Public Library

1988

  • Halfmoon voters defeat proposal to include Halfmoon in District 193-121
  • Clifton Park voters approve expansion of Library to 18,600 sq. ft., 1,519-314
  • Halfmoon continues on annual contract basis

1989

  • Library provides on-line access to circulation
  • May 24, 1989 Ground broken for expansion project

1990

  • Enlarged Library opens with 45,000 volumes, 199,000 circulation
  • Expanded facility serves 42,000 population in combined two towns

1991

  • "Beginnings" sculpture by Bruno La Verdiere unveiled

1992

  • Circulation tops 300,000 mark

1993

  • Library purchases adjoining parcel of 1.54 acres to expand parking

1994

  • Library celebrates 25th anniversary
  • Expansion proposal to 13,200 sq. ft. defeated 617-555

1995

  • Parking lot expanded
  • Library holds its first juried art show
  • Patrons allowed to access availability and reserve on-line

1996

  • Library web-site established
  • Collection at 80,000, circulation grows to 362,000

1997

  • Library re-configured to accommodate computer lab, reference room and reception desk. Program space shrinks to one room.

1999

  • Library Celebrates 30th Anniversary, First Citizen Laureate Award given to Stephen and Beatrice Vinciguerra

2000

  • Library acquires its 100,000th book
  • Library first offers e-books and e-mail reference
  • Board re-addresses need for expansion

2001

  • Library offers wireless access

2002

  • Vote to enlarge the district to include Halfmoon passes 174-173
  • Search for land begins for expanded Library

2003

  • Woodward, Connor, Gillies & Seleman selected as architects for new Library
  • $15 million, 68,000 sq. ft. Library on Moe Rd. defeated 1,876 - 1,678
  • Board opts to renew proposal process, begins new search for possible site

2004

  • Proposal for a $15 million, 55,000 sq.ft. Library passes 3,782-3,553
  • YMCA announces plan to buy existing Library

2005

  • Zoning variance approved, new Library construction begins

2006

  • Ground breaking take place for new 55,000 sq. ft. Library on Moe Road
  • New Library Opened on December 11, 2006

2009

  • Library Celebrates 40th Anniversary
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