Maggie Casey


Bethlehem resident: 15 years

Government Relations, Anthem BCBS
Community Service/Volunteer Work
I am currently a Board member for the Center for Disability Services and in a previous job, worked for the National Boy & Girls Clubs of America.  When possible, I also volunteer with the Family Promise Program at St. Matthews Church in Voorheesville.
Other pertinent details
Married to Shawn Casey. Our daughter Leah Casey, went to Bethlehem Highschool and is currently a freshman at Oneonta. We are also the proud parents of two rambunctious dogs, Rudder and Honey. I am currently in a monthly book club.  Favorite books so far this year:  “Horse” By Geraldine Brooks and “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt.

Experience and goals

What do you consider your most meaningful career accomplishment?
I think having a reputation for being collaborative and positive is probably most meaningful to me. Working in government relations in health care – the issues can be really challenging.  Being known as dependable friend and colleague is really important to me as well.

What skills do you bring to your tenure on the board?

Being a good listener, being curious, weighing different perspectives and helping to strategize toward the common goal
What are your goals as a board member?
My goal as a library board member is to support the Library and ensure that it has a healthy, vibrant future. That it continues to grow with the community and has the tools to adapt to an every changing environment.

Views about libraries

How does a library best serve its community?
Libraries are so critical to communities and serve so many different functions. Providing access to resources and having programming that is relevant to the community is critical.  Of course, planting the seed for a lifetime of loving books and reading is probably the most important service!
What are the most important issues facing public libraries today?
Technology is changing our lives so quickly.  It is hard to keep pace with all of the advancements. Libraries need the support of their community to change as needed.
How have libraries influenced your life?
One of my favorite memories growing up in Syracuse is when my mother would bring my brother and I to the library. She let us take the time to pick out the books we wanted to read and it was always kind of magical to me.  So many books, so many stories and adventures to discover.
What do you like best about Bethlehem Public Library?
Bethlehem’s library is such a foundation for the community. It is there for every generation to enjoy — from the very young to the very old. The programming is so intentional and really reflects that needs and interests of our community.

What is your vision for the future of this library?

To be sustainable into the future so it is accessible for the generations to come.

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