Contact the library if you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Kirkland Town Library. Membership does not require payment of dues, but any contributions are generously accepted.


2019 Friends Board

Dave Smallen……………………………………………………………..President

Kristy Moses…………………………………………………………….Vice President

Shelby Davis……………………………………………………………Treasurer

Ruth Bailey…………………………………………………………….Secretary

Members: Sarah Gaetano, Julia Lynch, Dennis May, Mary O’Neill, Rich Racioppa, Michelle Reiser-Memmer, Jack Riffle and Matt Van Slyke; Board of Trustees Liason – Beth May

Friends Board Meetings

The Friends Board meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6pm at the Kirkland Town Library. The public is welcome to attend.

2018-19 Meeting Dates
June 5
September 4
October 2
November 6
January 8
February 5
March 5
Annual Meeting: April 2 (tentative)
May 7
June 4

No meetings in July, August or December

Our book sale organizers are hibernating this winter.

No donations accepted from December 1 until spring.

Hold on to your items until spring or bring them to the Better World Books box at the Mid York Library System on Lincoln Avenue in Utica. Paperback books can be recycled. We’ll let you know when donations at the library can start again. Thank you!

Friends Annual Book Sale on the Village Green

July 10, 11 & 12, 2020


Revised and approved at the Friends Annual Meeting, April 8,2014


The name of the organization shall be The Friends of the Kirkland Town Library.



Section 1.        The purpose of this organization shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries; to focus public attention on the library; to stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services; to encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library; to support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community; to raise money for the special needs of the library, and to support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.

Section 2.        In the event of the dissolution of the organization, all remaining assets become the property of the Kirkland Town Library.


Article III  Membership

Section 1.        Membership in this organization shall be open to all individuals in sympathy with its purposes, and to representatives of organizations and clubs when such representation is required. Membership and all services, functions, events and support will be without discrimination based on age, ethnicity, race, national origin, disability, medical condition, size, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, or socioeconomic background.

Section 2.        Each member shall be entitled to one vote.


Article IV  Dues

Section 1.        Dues, if any, shall be established by the Board.


Article V   Board of Directors   

Section 1.        The Board of Directors of this organization shall be a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary and no fewer than three and no more than ten additional Directors. The Director of the Library shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board. One member of the Board of Trustees of the Library shall serve as a liaison.

Section 2.        The Board of Directors shall be nominated by a nominating committee composed of three Board members, one of who shall be appointed Chair by the President. Nominations shall be made at least one month before the annual membership meeting. The nominations shall be publicized at least two weeks prior to the annual membership meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor with the consent of the nominee(s).

Section 3.        The Board of Directors shall be elected by majority vote of those present at the annual meeting for a term of three years beginning on May 1, and shall serve no more than two successive terms.

Section 4.        The Board shall have the authority to dismiss a member of the Board by a 2/3 vote of the Board and replace the vacancy by appointment if it determines that the Board member either is no longer able to actively participate in the activities of the Board or has missed three consecutive meetings.

Section 5.        Meetings of the Board shall be held at least quarterly. Generally, votes must be cast in person. As needed, votes may be submitted in writing, by phone or by email when a determination is needed prior to the next board meeting.

Section 6.        A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum.


ARTICLE VI  Officers         

Section 1.        The officers of this organization shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 2.        The slate of officers shall be nominated by the nominating committee as in Article V, Section 2. Nominations for officers shall be made at least one month before the annual membership meeting. The nominations shall be publicized at least two weeks prior to the annual meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor with the consent of the nominee(s).

Section 3.        At each annual meeting the membership shall elect, by majority vote of those present, the officers for the following year.

Section 4.        The duties of the officers shall be:

President: to preside over and conduct meetings and to appoint all committees and be an ex-officio member thereof.

Vice-President: to perform the duties of the president in the absence of the president.

Secretary: to record attendance at all meetings; to take the minutes of all meetings; to keep a list of the membership, together with their addresses; to notify members of the time and place of meetings; and to conduct the correspondence of the organization.

Treasurer: to maintain the financial records of the organization, make deposits and disbursements authorized by the board.



Section 1.        An annual meeting shall be held on a date in the month of April to be determined by the Board and made public at least two weeks prior to the meeting date.

Section 2.        A special meeting of this organization may be called at any time by the Board.

Section 3.        Action may be taken by a majority vote of those present at any membership meeting for which the membership is properly notified, except for amending the by-laws as specified below.



Section 1.        Amendments to these by-laws may be made at any meeting of the membership by a two-thirds vote of those present, after notification to members at least two weeks before the meeting at which the voting takes place.


ARTICLE X  Parliamentary Procedure

Section 1.        Robert’s Rules of Order Revised, when not in conflict with these by-laws, shall govern the proceedings of the organization.