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Clifton Park library director retires

Josephine Piracci has seen several changes and people in the 32 years she worked for the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

We have really evolved, said Piracci of the library.

She said the library has grown to support the constantly growing communities it serves and accommodate changing times and technologies.

"Jo has always been very dedicated to providing the best service to the community," said Kathy Adam, assistant director for public service, who has worked with Piracci for 30 years at the library.

Although meeting the community's expectations and keeping current were the most difficult parts of Piracci's job, she said it is well worth it.

"It's wonderful to see the number of people who come through the doors," she said, speaking about the new library, completed in 2006.

Piracci said she has interacted with several people throughout her career at the library and found that to be the most rewarding aspect of the job.

"I've sort of grown with the library and the community it serves," she said.

When Piracci began working as a part-time librarian in 1976, after the birth of her first child, the library was located in a small building on Cemetery Road in Halfmoon.

Although, she does not remember the exact square footage, she said space was very limited.

Piracci said when they would hold an event, such as story time, at the library, they would have to close off the reference section.

"I think the books held up the walls," she said, joking about the old schoolhouse, which used to house the library.

The new 55,000-square-foot library, located on Moe Road, is a far cry from the library where she began.

"She has worked very, very hard especially on the new building," Adam said.

Piracci has seen more than just the two drastically different libraries in her time.

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