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The Guilderland Library Foundation

About the Foundation…

The Guilderland Library Foundation is a private, separately incorporated fundraising organization the works to support the mission of the Guilderland Public Library. Encompassing the traditional activities of a Library “Friends” organization, the Library Foundation underwrites many of the programs and services that make GPL a cultural nexus of the Guilderland community.

If you would like to become part of the Foundation, please click here to email the Foundation Secretary.

The Foundation has upgraded the Library’s Young Adult area, created the ever-popular Community Literary Garden, and continues to sponsor the Carol J. Hamblin Notable Authors Speakers Series that has hosted Joyce Carol OatesJeff ShaaraJoseph E. PersicoPaul GrondahlGregory MaguireTim GreenEla Stein WeissbergerWill MosesNew Yorker magazine Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff, Lincoln historian and author Harold Holzer, crime novelist Alafair Burke, and author Elizabeth Rosner. It is the Foundation that hosted the November 18, 2016, Author Talk & Book Signing, and Author’s Reception, for Mets pitching star, broadcaster, and author Ron Darling.  This latter event was so popular — more than 500 attendees! — that the Author Talk had to be held offsite, at the Cafetorium in Guilderland’s Farnsworth Middle School.

The Foundation’s focus is also on local writers, as part of the Frank and Joan Sheehan Local Author Speaker Series which honors two delightful and supportive Library patrons, Frank and Joan Sheehan.

Frank passed away on January 17, 2013, two weeks shy of his 93rd birthday, just four months after Joan, his wife of nearly 70 years, passed on. The Guilderland Library Foundation has renamed their Local Author Speaker Series in honor of Frank and Joan. The Sheehans were avid supporters of the Library – Frank had served as a Library Trustee and been a founding member and president of the Foundation, while Joan regularly supported the Library’s programs – and the Directors of the Foundation saw this as a fitting, enduring tribute. Donations to the Frank and Joan Sheehan Local Author Speaker Series will bring a wide variety of writers to the Library.

Please send donations for this important program to:
The Guilderland Library Foundation
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084

Email the Foundation

Foundation Officers and Members


Vice President:
Foundation Members:


Rosemary Revoir
Steve Wacksman
Anne Lala
Lisa Brainard
Jane Bonavita
Hillary Koldin
Jacob Lamme
Michael Laster
Kim Leis-Keeling
Erin Lancraft
Diane Martin
Susan Nevins


Oct 2016 – Sep 2019
Nov 2015 – Nov 2018
Oct 2014 – Sep 2017
Oct 2014 – Sep 2017
Oct 2015 – Sep 2018
Jun 2016 – May 2019
Oct 2015 – Sep 2018
Oct 2016 – Sep 2019
Oct 2016 – Sep 2019
Dec 2016 – Nov 2018
Nov 2015 – Nov 2018
Oct 2014 – Sep 2017


Library Director:
Library Assistant Director:
Trustee Representative:
Trustee President:
Foundation Attorney:
Honorary Members:
Staff Representative:
Tim Wiles
Margaret Garrett
Karen Carpenter Palumbo
Daniel Centi
Judith Kahn
Jane Schramm
Mark Curiale


Membership section updated: December 15, 2016 -MC


History of the Foundation

Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has raised thousands of dollars from government, corporate and individual sources, all of which has been given directly to the Library for its programs and improvements. Initial financial support was first raised through a farewell dinner for the retiring Carol J. Hamblin, the long-time director of the Library.

These funds were used to establish the Carol J. Hamblin Notable Author Speaker Series, which brings distinguished authors to the Library to read from and discuss their literary works with the public. Funds have also been used to upgrade the Young Adult area in the Library, purchase a TTY machine for the use of the speech and hearing impaired, upgrade meeting rooms’ sound system, create the Community Literary Garden, and match funds for upgrading the public restrooms for improved handicapped accessibility.

Contributions to the Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Donation to named funds, for example the Carol J. Hamblin Notable Authors Speakers Series, which are dedicated to support a particular initiative, can also be made.

Individual donations, planned gifts, stock transfers, foundation grants and corporate sponsorships are all welcome.

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, either of cash or stocks, please do not hesitate to contact the Foundation at 518.456.2400 x 112, or by writing to the Guilderland Library Foundation, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY 12084. You can e-mail the foundation by clicking here.

The Foundation’s governing By-Laws are available by clicking here.

Community Literary Garden

One of the Foundation’s most visible and lasting accomplishments is the Library’s Community Literary Garden, which was completed in 2006. Funded in large part by tax-deductible donations from individuals and businesses, the garden features amenities that make it an ideal, restful place to sit, read, and relax. Stop in and enjoy your Community Literary Garden’s shading trellis, outdoor lighting, teak chairs, tables and benches, and play places for our youngest patrons.


Updated: April 8, 2015