4033 Route 28A
PO Box 59
West Shokan, NY 12494
Director: Katie Scott-Childress
The plan for establishing a library in the Town of Olive grew out of an idea in the minds of Claire and Joseph Friedberg. In early 1951 the Friedbergs felt that the Town of Olive needed a library, just as it needed a governing body, school, and church. After months of working through informal discussion, in 1952 a large group of residents met at the Friedberg’s home for an organizational meeting. They contacted the State Education Department to become accredited, formed a Library Association, and elected officers and trustees. District No. 8 West Shokan Schoolhouse was turned over to the Library Association and in 1959 the Olive Free Library became a member of the Mid-Hudson Libraries System (http://midhudson.org).
In 1963 the Onteora Central School District voted tax aid to the libraries in the district (Olive being one of several) and in 1965 the first tax aid was received from the Town of Olive. In August of 1967, the family of the Helen Kelsey Chase made a substantial memorial contribution to the Library’s Expansion Fund. This led to a complete re-evaluation of the expansion program and suggested the possibility of obtaining more meaningful funds from the community. Donald and Edna Bishop of West Shokan are acknowledged for envisioning and helping to achieve a modern, functional home for the library and a cultural and social center for the community by establishing a Trust Fund. Substantial contributions were received from Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Bishop, Mrs. Olive B. O’Connor, Mrs. Olive Bishop Price, Mr. Bishop’s aunt and sister respectively. They also enlisted very generous financial support from the O’Connor Foundation of Hobart, NY. Thus what had originally been a plan to add another room to the old schoolhouse, became a program for building the current Olive Free Library which was dedicated on June 3, 1972.
Starting with a few hundred donated books, today the Olive Free Library offers thousands of volumes of books, still-in-demand publications, leading weekly and monthly magazines plus audio and visual entertainment, and free computer internet access for Olive citizens. As a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System they can obtain books and items on loan from other libraries throughout the mid-Hudson area. The Olive Library is also a community center for with the Onteora Senior Citizen group meeting at 1:30 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month. One of the favorites for pre-school children is the Story Hour at 10:00 am every Tuesday which includes Crafts and Music Activities. During the summer months there is a Summer Reading Program for children ages 3-12.
Monday: 10am – 8pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 8pm
Thursday: 2pm – 8pm
Friday: 1pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Story Hour and Crafts & Music Hour
Tuesday 10 am
The Olive Free Library Association is located on Route 28A, in West Shokan about 1/4 mile from the Post Office. Parking is available.
Olive Free Library Association
4033 Route 28-A
West Shokan, New York 12494
About the Library:
The library was founded in 1952. The library has the special features of a local history museum, a large community room and a continuous book sale.
The mission of the Olive Free Library is to provide our community and its surrounding neighbors with materials and services that meet educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs. It also provides a site for community activities that meet the same needs.
The general goals of the library are:
- maintain a core collection of materials that are:
- useful and current whether for general educational, basic skill development or recreational needs
- culturally important to the community, e.g. local history and culture, classic core literature, etc
- maintain services that widen the resources available in the larger worlds of materials available regionally and state-wide
- investigate new developments in providing services and adopt them if appropriate
- maintain, and advance, the role of the library and its building and lands as a center for our community so long as these community activities relate to the same needs as the library’s collections and services and are appropriate to our legal condition and physical environment.
Board of Trustees:
Victoria Read, President
Rebecca Balzac, Vice President
Kimberly Daley, Treasurer
Pepper Boetcker, Secretary
Board of Trustees meetings:
The Olive Free Library Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room. Meetings are open to the public.
2014 Meeting Schedule
2015 Meeting Schedule