Welcome to Little Falls, New York!
This small city of about 5,000 is located in picturesque Herkimer County and home to a beautiful, active public library with an energetic new director, Kari Szymanski.
Little Falls Public Library was chartered in 1910, 15 years after the city was chartered. A founding trustee of the library, Rollin H. Smith, left his home and collections to the library (with a caveat that certain parts of the interior cannot be changed).
The Victorian style building, with its mansard roof and ornate brick detailing, has had several additions and renovations in the last few decades. In 1981, an addition to the library added more shelving space and a new community room. A renovation of the community room was finished this past spring in 2012.
Another library trustee, George L. Smith, left the library a considerable trust in 1946 that helps with operating costs. Both George L. Smith and Rollin H. Smith left the library unique special collections, which Kari intends to share with the public for viewing. The library also holds a special Staffordshire figurine collection donated by Carrie M. Cooper in 1956 and an impressive china collection.
The new director, Kari Szymanski, grew up in Little Falls and graduated from Little Falls High School. She and her best friend visited the library after school all the time, which inspired her to work in libraries. She has worked at the Canajoharie Library and overseen the Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Departments at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.