Special District Library Process

June 4, 2019
The Town of Orangetown adopts a resolution to fund $5,000 towards the Pattern for Progress Special District Library Plan.

Beginning in July, 2019, the Palisades, Tappan and Orangeburg libraries will work with Pattern for Progress to conduct a study and create a plan for creating a single Special District Library.
Click here to read the purpose of the study.

January 29, 2019
Letter to the Community on forming a special district with Tappan and Orangeburg Libraries

If the Board of Trustees Decides to Move Forward with Special District Status, the Timeline Would Be
  • July - September, 2019 Pattern for Progress conducts study
  • September, 2019 library boards review the study and present findings to the town board and the public and votes on whether to move forward
  • September, 2019  Town of Orangetown Board adopts Home Rule resolution in favor of forming a Special District Library
  • October - December, 2019  Legislation is drafted authorizing a public referendum to create a Special District Library
  • Spring 2020  Legislature approves legislation
  • Summer 2020 Governor signs the legislation
  • Fall 2020 public votes on a referendum to approve the district, elect trustees, and approve the budget
  • Fall and Winter 2020 The boards of trustees work to disolve the current libraries and establish a new Special District Library
  • 2021 New Special Distric Library is established


Mission Statement

The Palisades Free Library enjoys a unique relationship with the hamlet of Palisades as a vibrant cultural landmark. The library’s mission is to promote, support and sustain this relationship through its work as a public resource for education, information, and enlightenment. It will continue to promote intellectual freedom and public discourse, as it adapts to the changing cultural and intellectual needs of its citizens. The Palisades Free Library endeavors to fulfill its mission through responsible governance, ensuring a consistent and durable future for itself and for the residents of Palisades.


Meeting Minutes

February 2019
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December 2018
October 2018
September 2018
June 2018
April 2018
February 2018
December 2017
October 2017
September 2017
June 2017
April 2017
February 2017
December 2016

Board of Trustees

Trustees serve a five year term and are elected at the January Annual Meeting by the residents of Palisades, NY. The Board meets at least 6 times a year at the library at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. 

Marjorie Galen, President, 2020

Beverly Warwick, Vice-President, 2020
Christopher Keywork, Treasurer, 2021
Jen Citrolo, Secretary, 2021

Natalie Barak, 2022

Sarah Buterbaugh, 2023

Margaret Cook, 2022

Suzanna Frosch, 2021

John Guzewich, 2021