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WLS names new board president


image.jpgThe Westchester Library System has named a new president of its Board of Trustees — Patricia Fontanella of North White Plains. A trustee at the North Castle Public Library and WLS board vice president, she takes the place of Dave Donelson president from 2006-07.

“We look forward to the insight, experience and leadership that Patricia will provide over the coming year,� Siobhan A. Reardon, WLS director, said in announcing the appointment. “She has done a wonderful job as vice president and we anticipate her continued dedication, commitment, and success as president.�

Fontanella is an executive sales administrator for McMichael Yacht Brokers Ltd. in Mamaroneck and has been on the Westchester Library System’s Board of Trustees for seven years, serving as vice president for the past two.

She is past president and currently a trustee for the North Castle Public Library. Fontanella received a bachelor’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Cortland. She lives in North White Plains with her husband, Joseph.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of such a vital organization in our community,� Fontanella said. “As president, I will seek to further the Westchester Library System’s mission to ensure that all residents have seamless access to excellent library service throughout Westchester.�
WLS is based in Tarrytown. It is a cooperative system of 38 member libraries in Westchester County and one of the state’s 23 public library systems.
Its mission is to make sure that all county residents have access to quality library information resources from community facilities to online services . A sponsor of year-round events, WLS helps coordinate featured author programs, an annual Book and Author Luncheon, and seasonal reading initiatives. The WLS Adult and Outreach Services Department offers improved access to library services for all residents, training and development of library personnel, services to disadvantaged youth, and the fee-based WEBS Career and Educational Counseling service.

WLS celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2008.

Posted by Barbara Nackman on Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 at 9:22 am |
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