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Potwins on the mooooove.

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Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware_by_Emanuel_Leutze,_MMA-NYC,_1851Yes , the Potwins are crossing the Hudson River,  though in a much less dramatic fashion than that of Washington’s  crossing of the Delaware on December 25, 1776.  Again,  echoing the Summer of 2013 migration to rolling hills area of the Hudson Valley in New York, the Potwins are mooooving farther  North during Summer of 2017.

Goodbye to my LaGrange colleagues, talented staff members,  fellow Mid-Hudson Library System librarians,  Friends of the Library and patrons of the LaGrange Association Library.   Goodbye to  Dutchess County and life in the Hudson Valley.

Everything we own is in a box or container of some sort, travelling North West by 6 hours.  And there are no mysterious rattles in our boxes (as of yet).  Wheef!  Hello, Niagara Falls!  I welcome the challenges you present as your new Executive Director.  In the spacious light-filled main branch and quaint neighbourhood Lasalle Branch.

Look at you!

So striking in architectural style yet an anchor to your community and downtown vibe.

So light filled.

So culturally vibrant.

So culturally rich is your local history collection.

So well-loved by your community.

So rich in potential community partnerships.  The possibilities are ripe and waiting for implementation!

It is an area we can subscribe to its virtuous beauty,  its natural wonders,  its friendly people and its way of life.  We Potwins are looking forward to acclimatizing to Eoin’s new school,  celebrating apple Fall festivals,  touring historic sites, cooler seasonal weather, winter skiing and skating,  summer fishing on the many freshwater streams and Lake Ontario,  taking in cultural festivals and museums, to absorb the nature of Niagara area.

I am looking forward to working my magic and fostering a warm literary aspect to the community.     I have met many genuine and welcoming people in this urban community of 50 000. The staff at both the Niagara Falls Main Branch as well as the Lasalle Branch libraries can be described as friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, talented and inviting among their many qualities. The local history collection is world-renowned and draws researchers from many countries. Please feel free to stop in to visit, express your concerns and voice your suggestions.  Niagara’s city history is highlighted by the generous support of the community. It is my vow to continue this goodwill and creative offering of services which emanate from this historic building.

I look forward to meeting many citizens, either in person, electronically on the Niagara Public Library Facebook page, by email at  . My office door is open!  Interested in programming or specific issues?  The new fundraising ideas? Volunteering? Pick up the telly and call me at  716-286-4894.

With appreciation,    Mummy will still be relatively close by….a 5-hour drive as well as a 4-hour train ride away.  Thankfully, my son will still be able to enjoy his Grandmother, as we initially anticipated from our migration from Florida in 2013. No doubt you will see him in and around the library, often with a selection from the Artemis Fowl series or an Alex Rider novel in one of the children’s room lounge chairs.

 Potwins:  onwards and upwards. Bass fish in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario:  beware.  Tom Brady,  we’ll see you soon during your Buffalo Bills games.



Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to community. I love books, reading to my son,properly placed apostrophes,canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

One thought on “Potwins on the mooooove.

  1. Love this. I hope to visit sometime. Sorry I will be there in early May while you won’t have got there yet.

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