CASTLETON–At their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, October 20, the Castleton Public Library Board of Trustees were not alone. Outside the library more than 60 people carried signs and chanted calls for the resignation of the entire board.
The demonstration was sparked by the firing of long-time library Director Darlene Miller, and the residents and library users are not finished fighting her abrupt dismissal.
The library is chartered to serve the village and much of the Town of Schodack in southern Rensselaer County.
The seven members of the board voted five-to-two to terminate Mrs. Miller last month while she was on medical leave. Ms. Miller received the termination letter on Castleton Public Library letterhead, which bears the tag line: “First Runner Up for Best Small Library in America.” The letter, dated September 18, was signed by board President Carolyn J. Stetson and was faxed from Goolds Orchard on September 17. Sue Goold Miller is a library trustee.