August/September 2020

New Director

The Board of Trustees of Bancroft Public Library is pleased to announce that Lori Stokem has been selected to be the new Director of the Bancroft Public Library. Lori brings to the position a keen appreciation of how this Library has evolved to become a hub of the community.

Well known as a beloved teacher for 20 years at Salem Central School, Lori’s interest in reading helped her hone the uncanny skill of being able to pair the right novel with each student, even the most reluctant readers. Her particular interest in supporting literacy in our community has been on full view as co-founder of Books In Kids’ Hands, a non-profit literacy program that seeks to nurture a love for books among Salem’s children.

Lori brings with her a long history of involvement with Bancroft Library. As a student in Salem she relished how she and her classmates could walk from school to Bancroft to check out books. While they weren’t allowed to browse the stacks, the librarian would ride her motorized chair to the second floor and bring books down to the students. Lori was here in Salem when the heartbreaking, great fire engulfed the upper floors of the Bancroft Building.

After going to school and living in Boston, Lori returned to Washington County, earning her B.A., then her M.A., in Education at Norwich University, then Vermont College, respectively. During this time, Lori not only frequented the Library as a mother with her children, but also as a teacher, creating summer reading lists, thus strengthening the bonds between Bancroft Library and Salem Central School. With the expansion of her family, Lori has enjoyed the great pleasure of being a grandma in the children’s nook.

Keeping Bancroft Library a vibrant center of the community during these uncertain times is a challenge Lori recognizes. Not unlike her schoolgirl days, at the moment patrons are not able to browse the stacks. Instead, Bancroft offers curbside pick-up of its own collection as well as the collections in the vast Southern Adirondack Library System. The reopening of the Library, begun before her arrival, is now Lori's to ably shepherd, and we know she will do just that. Her goals include encouraging strong partnership ties to Salem CSD, reviving the clubs and activities the Library has hosted, and developing educational opportunities, while attending to the Library’s ever-evolving collection.

The Library’s regular patrons know that former Directors Peg Culver and Susan Getty have gone above and beyond in the stewardship of Salem’s public library. Knowing the excitement, the history, and the love of this institution that Lori Stokem brings with her as the new Library Director, we can be confident that Bancroft Library remains in the best of hands. 
An update on the current status of the library

We are pleased to announce we are moving to Phase 4 in our reopening plan.  Beginning Monday, August 31 patrons will be allowed in the library for brisk browsing of the stacks and check-out of materials.  Due to occupancy limits, only 5 browsing patrons will be allowed in the building at a time.  Curbside pickup will remain available for those who prefer it.  Masks are required in the building and we ask that anyone handling materials in the stacks use hand sanitizer before doing so.  3 public computers continue to be available for use.  Library hours will remain: 

  • Monday 1 - 6 pm

  • Tuesday 4 - 8 pm

  • Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm

  • Thursday 4 - 8 pm 

  • Friday 1 - 4 pm

  • Saturday 10 am - 2 pm 

Bancroft Library Reopening Plan
Please note that this is a working document and may be altered as the situation evolves.
Video Tutorials
We've created a couple of short videos illustrating how to use some features of our website and the online catalog.  They're useful at any time, but especially with limited library browsing!
Finding New Materials on the Library Website
How to Search the Online Catalog and Place Holds
Library Board Meetings

The next regular monthly meeting of the Bancroft Public Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:30 PM.

This meeting will be held in Proudfit Hall following social distancing guidelines.  Members of the public should please email if they are planning to attend, so that we can be prepared. If you have an issue you would like addressed at the meeting, but are not able to attend, please email any board member.

Previous meeting minutes and agendas are available by clicking the Board of Trustees link under the “About Us” category in the menu bar on our web page.
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