Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Sand Lake Town Library is to provide information, education and cultural resources, services and programs for people of all ages of the community the Library is chartered to serve.  The library will maintain an appropriate collection of resources on-site that are responsive to this mission and will offer access to additional resources and services by utilizing regional resource sharing networks. The library will maintain a high standard of fiduciary control and conduct to insure proper use of assets and financial resources to benefit the community.  In addition, the library will exercise fiscal restraint to the extent that is consistent with other aspects of this mission.

The Library

The Sand Lake Town Library opened its doors in August, 1987 to serve the residents of the Town of Sand Lake. Located in the 43 Mall, West Sand Lake, in a 1,500 square foot storefront, the library quickly established itself as an important and popular service in the community. Through the efforts of the hard-working trustees, volunteers and staff, the Library was granted its Absolute Charter on June 26, 1992. Rapid growth led to the pronounced need for spacious quarters, and a Building Advisory Committee was appointed in 1992. In June 1999, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, we moved to a much larger location in the new Town of Sand Lake Office Building located at the intersection of Routes 43 and 66 in Averill Park. Formerly the Capital Mutual Insurance Building, the second floor was renovated to become the library’s new home. Furnishings and shelving were purchased by the Town, and many local donors including Siena College, the Sand Lake Kiwanis, and the Friends of the Library.

Today, the approximately 4,000 square foot space houses a collection of 32,000 volumes. The Library offers free internet access through Road Runner, wireless internet access, children’s programs including Story Time, monthly special programming, and the Summer Reading Program, FAX, copy and scanning service; and a monthly book discussion group. As a member of the Upper Hudson Library System, borrowers have access to the holdings of 29 public libraries. 



Director: Melinda Fowler

Assistant Director: Mary Klimack


Board of Trustees:

Kathy Gundrum, President

Melissa Warrender, Vice-President

Valerie Kavanaugh, Secretary

Carol Karpien, Treasurer

Robbin Colandrea

Sally Lawrence

Nancy Patton



The Board of Trustees meets regularly on the third Thursday of the month at 6:45pm.



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