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Cortland Free Library Director to Resign


In a recent newsletter from the Cortland Free Library, Library Director Jen Graney, announced her resignation from the position. No set date was provided on when Graney would officially leave her position from the library, but noted she will work towards documenting information for the next director and providing input to the Board.

Graney cited the reason for her resignation being her mental health, maintaining sobriety, and prioritizing her own well-being.

“I’ve done my best during my time here to address needs our community has related to poverty and homelessness: when I saw an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness, I made it a priority to figure out who our service providers are, where people can go for help, what’s available when, etc., so that we can better provide that information to others.”

Director Graney said in a release.

Graney began her career at the Cortland Free Library in January 2020, right before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With her leadership at the library, overdue fines were eliminated, allowance of limited-access library cards, implementation of a new phone system, new time management system, a new e-letter platform, the launch of Community Reads program, and more.

The library has also seen success in grant funding; with $10,000 from the American Library Association, and $600,000 in construction aid from New York State.

Graney thanked all the volunteers, friends of the library, and the Board of Trustees in her resignation announcement.

The Board of Trustees is now looking towards an interim solution as it will begin its search for new leadership.

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