Dear Hyde Park Library Patrons,
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and say a few words about my intentions for this mausoleum to knowledge that the Roosevelts and others built for their hometown nearly a hundred years ago. First of all, I must thank Gregory Callahan for his years of service and dedication. He handed me the reins of an organization that runs smoothly, day after day, week after week and that is huge. It means that the changes that Hyde Park Library must undergo to complete its transformation into a true 21st Century library will not be such a struggle to accomplish. While I am at it, much gratitude is also owed to the Board of Trustees and to the staff as well.
I come to this position from not too far away. For nearly eighteen years, I worked across the river at New Paltz’ Elting Memorial Library. That library, unlike many but just like Hyde Park Library, must fulfill two missions at the same time. First and foremost, public libraries must strive to provide free access to information in all its forms and foster an educational environment. However, at the same time Hyde Park and Elting Libraries both inhabit historic buildings and must also strive to respect and preserve that legacy. I have a lot of experience integrating those two missions and can assure you that my drive to modernize Hyde Park Library will never overshadow my respect for its rich history.
Jesse D. Chance, Director
Hyde Park Library
PS. All are welcome to join me on the 25th for a meet and greet and some oral history about your lovely town...