RFP for Architectural Services

The Potsdam Public Library is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to perform architectural services for the first phase of the library's Reading Room renovation.

This phase addresses four key goals by adding a mezzanine with an enclosed space below. The goals, which were derived from a community survey, are (1) to reduce noise transfer by creating an enclosed children's area; (2) to increase capacity for classes and events by adding a larger classroom; (3) to increase privacy for computer users; and (4) to add more space for comfortable seating.


Celebrating Our Staff

Lauren Graduates
Lauren Buckley (right) with Sarah Sachs

by Sarah Sachs, Public Service Manager @ PPL

If you come to the library in the evening or on Saturday, you know Lauren Buckley. She’s the cheerful, helpful young woman who pretty much runs things during those times. Here’s the surprising thing, though - Lauren just recently turned eighteen years old; she graduated from Colton Pierrepont Central School last Friday night. We, her work family, are so proud.

So even though we’ve already given her an award for being an Outstanding Student Worker and we’ve had a chance to celebrate Lauren with her family and friends, we also share this small tribute. When you see her, express yourself, because she’s off to SUNY Plattsburgh in a month or so. We’ve all been richer for having her at PPL for a year.

Love you, Lauren!



Around Town: Community Events of Interest and Where to Find Them

By Maggie McKenna, Adult Program Coordinator @ PPL

Potsdam is my home, but it hasn’t always been. I’ve decided to make my way here with my family and personally feel like I’ve found a diamond in the rough in this quirky little place. I grew up near New  York City where one might think there were always far too many events from which to choose. I don’t remember ever being all that busy with community events as a kid, mainly because I don’t think my community was as connected as we are here.


Podcast Studio

We have everything you need to make a professional-quality sound recording in our new Podcast Studio! Book a session by emailing tech@potsdamlibrary.org. The studio is ideal for recording podcasts with two hosts.

We also have a top-notch video blogging set-up including access to professional lighting, backdrops, a green screen, and a teleprompter. Come on in and record a make-up tutorial or unbox your new Lego set on camera.


Seed Lending Library


This seed library exists to help people learn to garden and save seeds, and participate in growing and sharing seeds, food, and knowledge.


Peruse our seed book and select up to 5 varieties you'd like to grow. Bring a variety card with you to the front desk and a staff member will give you a packet of seeds.


Check the library's calendar, Facebook page, or email newsletter to find out about classes on gardening, and events like seed and plant swaps.



Reading & Discussion Series: The Serious Side of Food

Reading & Discussion Series: The Serious Side of Food
2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Village community room

The Potsdam Public Library and GardenShare host a Reading & Discussion series on The Serious Side of Food. This program is made possible by a Humanities NY grant and supported by the Potsdam Food Co-op. The librarywill be working with Maggie Smith, program coordinator (Americorps VISTA) at GardenShare, to read books about the current and past business of food and discuss our local food economy. We will be reading: 



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