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Supervisor says Guilderland is strong

Runion delivers his second state of the town

From left: Guilderland Central School District Superintendent Marie Wiles, Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion and Guilderland Public Library Director Barbara Nichols Randall all spoke at the Guildelrand State-of-The-Town address, sponsored by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.

From left: Guilderland Central School District Superintendent Marie Wiles, Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion and Guilderland Public Library Director Barbara Nichols Randall all spoke at the Guildelrand State-of-The-Town address, sponsored by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce. Justin Cummings

— The Library is open seven days a week, 11 hours each weekday and 11 hours on the weekend. 197 people an hour come through the doors and over 2,100 people visit on weekdays, on average.

The library has been forced to withdraw an older item for each new item added.

“Our collection currently stands at almost 200,000 items or six items per capita which is the recommended size for a medium-sized library,” said Randall

192 community groups used the meeting rooms this year, and tutors held over 1,000 tutoring sessions in the library.

A construction program is to add a slight expansion to the library, repaving of the parking lot, a drive-up book drop and three or more geothermal wells.

The wells will eventually allow the facility to use geothermal energy for heating and cooling. The library’s solar panels have saved 40,500 kWh of electricity, or the equivalent of two and one half weeks of electrical use each year.

President Guilderland Chamber of Commerce Kathy Burbank, closed the meeting. Burbank thanked the Crossgates Mall for sponsoring the breakfast event. She noted that additional retail stores are opening in the mall as well as at other locations in town and she was optimistic the town will continue to grow.

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