Last month, Hudson Valley One reported on the retirement of John Giralico as director of New Paltz’s Elting Memorial Library after a remarkable five-decade tenure. These past two weeks, Giralico has been orienting his successor, Gillian Thorpe Murphy, who was previously director of the Julia L. Butterfield Library and president of the Putnam County Libraries Association. “I started on the first, and there’s a two-week transition period. The 15th is my first day by myself,” says Murphy.
Currently in quest of a house nearby that hasn’t already been bought up by New York City escapees within 15 minutes of being listed, Murphy and her husband Joe come to New Paltz from Cold Spring. She spent most of her life there, except for college at Old Dominion University in Virginia (BS in Elementary and Middle School Education), Long Island University (Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public Library Administration) and Syracuse University (MS in Library and Information Science), plus three years in Chicago when her first husband’s job was transferred there.
“I definitely thought I was going to be a teacher my entire life, but this turned out to be better,” Murphy relates. “I had planned to get my Master’s in Education at New Paltz, but it didn’t happen because I fell in love with libraries. This is my calling.”
She first felt that call as a young…