Welcome to the Butterfield Library!
I have been fortunate to be the Director of the Butterfield Library since 2000. During that time I have witness tremedous growth in the use of our library. Today we are a busy community center open 7 days a week.
There is a lot people don't know about our library. We have been a part of this community since 1922 when the building was erected. Did you know that our beautiful historic library is 90 years old this year? Did you know that many of our paintings and artifacts came from our benefactor Mrs. Julia L. Butterfield's estate and date back into the mid 1800s?
I grew up in this library, visiting with my father when I was a child. Things are certainly a lot louder than they used to be, but it's still a fantastic resource to the whole community.
If you have any needs that we may assist you with, please contact us. We are here to help.
Gillian is an active community member, serving on various local boards including the Haldane School Foundation, Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Vice President of the Haldane School District Board of Education. Gillian lives in the Village of Cold Spring with her three sons.
Board of Trustees
Front row(l-r): Kara Bickham, Judy Meyer, Abigail Watson
Back (l-r):Michael LaRocco and Scott Andersen
Judy Meyer, President is retired educator from the Haldane Central School District. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill, NY and a former Board member of the Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Hospital in Cold Spring, NY.
In 2008, Judy was the recipient of the MHLS Trustee Success Story Award for her outstanding advocacy work on behalf of libraries.
Judy is an active community member and has been involved in many local organizations. She is life-long resident of Philipstown and currently resides in Cold Spring, NY.
Together, she and her late husband John, a former Town of Philipstown Supervisor, raised three sons.
Kara Bickham, Vice President, is a pediatric infectious diseases subspecialist and researcher in the Center for Translational Immunology at Columbia University Medical Center. Kara and her family moved to Cold Spring in 2003 and since that time she has been an active community member, volunteer and devoted library patron. She has been delighted to participate as a member of the Butterfield Library Board of Trustees since 2007 and serve as the chairperson for the library’s excellent Facilities Committee for the last 2 years. She and her husband, Samuel, have two daughters and a son, who are each involved in a number of activities and sports in the Philipstown community.
Abigail Watson, Secretary is a bookkeeper for various organizations and businesses. She has been a member of the Putnam Chorale for over 20 years and is an active community member. Gail has been involved in many local organizations including Chairman of the Architectural Review Board and past President of Fish of Philipstown. She is long-time resident of Philipstown and currently resides in Cold Spring, NY.
Gail and her husband Glennon Watson of Badey & Watson Land Surveyors, moved to Cold Spring in 1971 and together raised two daughters and a son.
Michael LaRocco, Treasurer, began his professional career in public practice on Long Island back in the 1980’s. After achieving his professional license, he jumped over to the industry side of finance and accounting. He has over 18 years of senior level financial experience in the professional services space, most notably in marketing, advertising and consulting. Currently Mike is a Compliance Agent for the Department of Treasury, dealing with large corporate entities. Mike is also an accomplished musician and performs regularly throughout the Hudson Valley and NYC. He sits on the board of other local organizations. His family has lived in Cold Spring since 2000, with his incredible wife Elise, fantastic daughter Allie and their yellow lab Lola
Scott Andersen, Trustee, is an attorney who was admitted to the practice of law in both the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1993. He has investigated, litigated and tried a wide variety of civil and criminal matters throughout his career both in private practice and as a public prosecutor. Scott is currently employed by a securities industry regulator where he oversees a team of attorneys and investigators in bringing complex securities fraud and enforcement actions.
Scott moved to Cold Spring in 1999 and, together with his family, has resided both in the Village and the North Highlands. Scott’s wife Kristin is a Special Education teacher, and his two children attend Haldane Central School District, each actively participating in many community activities. Scott is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Philipstown community by becoming part of the team supporting the excellent programs and services provided by the Butterfield Library.
The Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library exists to provide quality service to the residents of Philipstown in an open and non-judgmental environment with free access to library materials in a variety of formats.
The Board meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.
Please contact us for agenda.
Meetings open to the public.
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Ribbon cutting ceremony for new walkway project 2010. Pictured: Board of Trustees, Facilities Committee and Friends of Butterfield
"A Pic-Nic on the Hudson" by Hudson River School Artist, Thomas P. Rossiter is part of the library's art collection.
The Butterfield Library postcard (not dated)