Hoag Library trustee election, annual meeting set for May 3

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2021 at 10:08 am

ALBION – There are two candidates for two trustee positions in a May 3 election for the Hoag Library of the Swan Library Association.

Kevin Doherty, the former library board president, and Dawn Squicciarini, an Albion special education teacher, will be on the ballot. Voting will be at the library from noon to 7 p.m. with results to be announced at the annual meeting immediately following.

All library service area residents are eligible to vote and attend the annual meeting. The service area includes the central Orleans towns of Carlton, Gaines, Albion and Barre.

Kevin Doherty

Doherty in his candidate bio on the Hoag website stated:

“I am excited to run again for a seat on the Hoag Library Board, after sitting out a term limit pause. We’ve done some great work since 2010, locating, designing, building and staffing the best library of its size in Upstate New York. The Hoag Library should be proud of the support it has received from our community, and the service it has provided to a broad section of that community.

“My first service to the Swan Library was as the representative of the Mayor of the Village of Albion. I was subsequently elected for a number of terms. Prior to and coincident with the first few years of that service, I was an elected member of the Board of Education for the Albion Schools.

“To be honest, I miss being there. I have confidence that I can provide some useful and positive perspective to the Trustees; and a documented track record of leadership.”

Dawn Squicciarini

Squicciarini said she and her family have been library users since moving to Albion in the early ’90s.

“Summer reading programs were a part of my children’s summer as much as soccer practice,” she said in her candidate statement. “Our love and respect for libraries was deepened by my sister-in-law who was the young adult librarian at the Fairport Public Library and founder of the Rochester Teen Book Festival which also became an important part of our lives. My youngest, Claire, is a teen representative on the TBF board currently.”

Squicciarini said her teaching career has shown her how important the libraries are, especially in the rural communities. She has been very active in the Albion Soccer Club, serving as treasurer, vice president and president over 12 years. She is also on the board of directors for the Oak Orchard Lighthouse at Point Breeze.

“The library should be a welcoming place for the community,” Squicciarini said. “A place where children are free to come learn as well as a respectful place of work.”

Library planning Summer Reading Program

Hoag Library remains open to patrons for browsing, copy/fax/print/scan/notary, and computer lab use. WiFi is available 24/7 in the parking lot and green space, and no password is required to access the public guest network. The outdoor garden – furnished with lawn chairs, benches, and picnic tables – also is open to the public.

Hoag Library said plans are underway for this year’s 2021 Summer Reading Program “Tails and Tales” with more details coming on the library website and social media accounts.