Trustee Candidates 2020


Find biographical information below on the candidates for Schuylerville Public Library Board of Trustees. Two seats are open. Voting will be done by absentee ballot through the Schuylerville Central School District mailing. Information will be updated as candidates share their information:

Amy Carpenter

I am running for re-election on the Board of Trustees for the Schuylerville Public Library. When your ballot comes from the Schuylerville Central School District, you will see my name listed for that position, and I humbly ask for your vote.

This library has been a part of my life since childhood, but I’ve been involved with the Advocates for the Schuylerville Public Library and the Library Board of Trustees for nearly 15 years now. I have long believed that libraries are a vital part of our community, and have been a school librarian since 2006.

I was a part of the Board of the Advocates for the Schuylerville Public Library (our friends group) from 2006-2014, serving as President for many of those years.

I was elected to the library board in 2014, re-elected in 2017, and have had the honor to serve as Board President since 2015. I am hoping to stay to help this library grow and thrive. This library is truly moving forward in an amazing way. In the six years that I have been a trustee, we’ve hired a fantastic librarian as our new Executive Director while still maintaining the rest of our wonderful staff. We’ve made access to the library easier, with an increase in parking, new sidewalks, a new ramp and a gorgeous new entry, as well as new hours that finally make sense! We have also been able to add the additional space that our community was clamoring for–and through the help of grants and a generous endowment, at no additional cost to the taxpayers.

We are continuing to bring awesome programs and resources to the Schuylerville community, partnering with other local organizations including Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville, NY and our elementary school and truly becoming a place where people can connect.

We need a place in our community where we can come together, a place that offers equitable access to resources for all who come through the doors (and even those who sit outside and use the wifi!)–a place that is not home, is not work (well, for most people!)–the library is our third place–an anchor of our community, a home away from home. The changes I have seen in this library, and what it brings to the community are truly amazing. While I have always believed that our little library is awesome and doing super cool things, others are starting to take notice as well.

In 2016, the Southern Adirondack Library System recognized the Schuylerville Public Library’s kindergarten readiness program, Counting Down to Kindergarten, as Program of the Year, noting that it met a vital need in a community with no preschools.

In 2019, the Southern Adirondack Library System received the Upstart Library Innovation Award, which honors a public library’s innovative or creative community service program. They received this prestigious, national award for their work teaming up with a local food pantry, The Comfort Food Collective, to launch the Fresh Food Collective Library Distribution initiative, which sourced produce from local farms and distributed it through three small, rural libraries, including the Schuylerville Public Library.

Also in 2019, SALS honored the Cambridge, Greenwich and Schuylerville libraries’ Tri-Library Partnership with the Program of the Year award, recognizing the Better Reader Partners program. This program is currently serving community members ranging from learning-disabled adults working on basic reading and math skills to second-language learners and native speakers who want to improve their vocabulary and fluency.

The final feather in our community’s cap for 2019 belonged to Caitlin Johnson. In November, Caitlin was presented with the Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director Award by the New York Library Association. This award recognizes a public library director who has developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library. As the Executive Director of our library since 2015, Caitlin has led her staff and increased circulation by 38%, library visits by 32%, program attendance by 118%, and summer reading participation by 427%. She has also ushered in multiple building projects, including an accessible ramp and sidewalks, interior renovations, handicap bathrooms, and the new 500 square foot Reading Room addition.

You may have noticed that I haven’t directly mentioned my role in any of these accomplishments. I have two basic philosophies when it comes to serving on the Library Board of Trustees. The first is that we should, as a Board and as an organization, strive to do good whenever and wherever we can. The second is that it is my role as trustee to hire excellent professionals to run the library and then provide the support and oversight they need to perform their jobs to the best of their ability.

I am proud to say that we have done these things and have a fantastic library to show for it. Our staff is our greatest resource, and they are amazing. Even with the library not currently open to the public, they have risen to the challenge and have been providing service and programming to our patrons throughout the period of the NYS PAUSE. It has always been, and remains my pleasure to play a small part in this amazing organization, and I ask for your vote to continue this work.

BriAnne Mulligan

Good afternoon Schuylerville. You may have seen my name on the ballot mailed to your home on the line for Library Board of Trustees, and I’d like to introduce myself.
I grew up in Glens Falls and moved to Quaker Springs with my husband in the early 2010s. Our daughter goes to Schuylerville Elementary. I have fallen in love with our community.
I was raised going to Crandall Public Library and spent my teenage years as a paige in the Childrens’ Room there. I saw how much the community relied on the library and how it can be a vital resource for many. I have witnessed the impact of programming, particularly for kids and teens. I have been bringing my daughter to the library since she was a baby and we get so much out of the fantastic activities and resources offered there. Our library has grown so beautifully over the last few years and is a true showcase of the humanity our village and towns have to offer. I would like to give back too.
I have spent the better part of the 2000s managing restaurants allowing me to bring decades of budgeting experience and out of the box problem solving with limited resources to the library board. I look forward to serving our community and am asking you, the voters, for the opportunity to help our library be the best it can be. Thank you for your time and votes. -Brie

Katie Veltum

Born and raised in California, I have lived in Schuylerville since 2001. For fourteen years I owned and ran the Bacon Hill Inn and Bacon Hill Massage Therapy. For the last six years I have resided in the village while owning and operating Maitri Therapeutics: Massage Therapy + Restorative Yoga. My daughter is a graduating senior at Schuylerville Central School planning to attend SUNY Binghamton; I have a son who is currently in sixth grade.

After nineteen years in this community I’ve learned a few things: roots run deep in Schuylerville; tractors and re-enactors are part of the landscape; and we live in a beautiful little corner of the world. Raising my kids and running several businesses here, has offered me the opportunity to understand how community, above anything, is what makes Schuylerville such an incredible place to live.

I am running for the Schuylerville Library Board of Trustees, because I believe that libraries are central to community. I can’t say it better than Caitlin Moran, “A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead.” Our library couldn’t be a more active part of our community. From the online programming through a global pandemic, to our award-winning librarian, and our creative and dedicated staff, our little library is central to who we are and who we should strive to be as a community.

An introvert by nature, I derive my energy from the inner activities so nourished in libraries: reading, writing, listening to music, thinking. My favorite day of the week when I was a small child was the day I went to the library with my mom and picked out the weekly books we would read: The Amelia Bedelia series, Little House on the Prairie, and The Secret Garden were among my childhood favorites. As an older kid, I liked historical true crime; anyone else a fan of “The Day Lincoln was Shot?” 🙂 When I was in middle school, the library was the safe space for me when I felt I had no friends. The librarian saw my struggle and helped me. That’s what libraries and librarians do.

I have a diverse professional and educational background. As a child I spent summers traveling to National Parks across the United States with my history-teacher mother and my grandmother. I am a NYS licensed massage therapist since 2002. I am also a licensed RN, a certified social studies teacher for grades 5-12 with a Master’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, and an alumni with honors of UCLA, with a Bachelor’s degree in history.

It would be my mission as a member of the Schuylerville Library Board to listen, provide support, and be an advocate for the needs of the librarian, library staff and the library community. If elected, I pledge to serve with integrity; to listen to experienced members of the Board, the librarian and staff as I learn more about the library; and to be accountable and accessible to the community.

Thank you so very much for your time and consideration. Please feel free to reach out to me at katieveltum@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Katie Veltum
Licensed Massage Therapist and Owner
Maitri Therapeutics: Massage Therapy + Restorative Yoga

Susan Pantano

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your consideration of me for a position as a Schuylerville Public Library Trustee. My family and I moved to the area 3 years ago from our home in Schodack. We made the decision to move in order to shorten my commute to work as a nurse-midwife at Women’s Care in OB/GYN. We love the area, and have been very happy here!

I have three children. My oldest son, Matthew, recently graduated from Hudson Valley Community College, and will be attending SUNY Albany this fall. Ryan is a freshman at Schuylerville High School, and my daughter, Ruby, is in sixth grade at Schuylerville Middle School.

The library was the first place we checked out once we settled in here! I appreciated how friendly and welcoming everyone was, and have since been impressed with the programs that the library has to offer. I feel that a library is essential in every community, but even more so, in our smaller Schuylerville community. Not only is it an educational resource, but also a place where the community can come together.

Previously, I served as the Secretary for the Friends of Woodland Hill Montessori School, and more recently as a board member for the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives. I am a graduate of Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Troy, as well as SUNY Delhi. I received my master’s and doctoral degrees in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky.

Again, thank you for your consideration of me. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Schuylerville community.