How did the library start?
Lee-Whedon Memorial Library is a school district public library, permanently chartered by the State of New York in 1962. Original funding for the library was provided in 1928 by Mr. William U. Lee through a trust fund managed by his daughter, Mary Lee Whedon.
The library is chartered to serve the Medina Central School District, but in fact, serves all of Orleans County. As part of the NIOGA library system we share services with libraries in Niagara, Orleans, and Genesee Counties.
Who pays for the library?
Approximately 85% of our funding comes from a library tax based on the school district boundaries. The remaining 15% comes from library fines, State and County aid, and various grants, donations, bequests, and memorials.
What is the Board of Trustees?
The Board of Trustees consists of five members, each serving a 5 year term. The Board is responsible for ensuring the financial stability and security of the library. The Board owns the library building and land.
Current Trustees are:
- President: Isabella Mark – term ending 5/2023
- Vice President: Cynthia Kiebala – term ending 5/2020
- Stephen O’Dea – term ending 5/2021
- David Schwert – term ending 5/2022
- Belinda Conners – term ending 5/2019
When does the Board meet?
The Board of Trustees meets on the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Quiet Room, except for the May meeting which begins at 6:00 p.m. prior to the Annual Meeting. If we are closed on the second Monday we will generally reschedule the meeting for the following Monday. Check our calendar for exact dates.
Who works at the library?
Lee-Whedon has five full-time staff members and six part-time staff, all of whom play an integral part in the growth and structure of our library.
- Catherine Cooper – Director, Librarian
- Kristine Mostyn – Assistant Director, Librarian
- Suzanne McAllister, “Miss Mack” – Children’s Services
- Lisa Pritchard – Technical Services
- Sharon Kleinhans – Accounting Clerk / IT
- Joy Cameron – Library Aide
- Susy Schultz – Library Aide
- Samantha Covis – Library Aide
- Cheryl Caldwell – Library Aide
- Tricia Mumau – Library Aide
- Marna Grimes – Page