Michele Keleher


Bethlehem resident: 45 years


Physical Therapist

Community service/volunteer work

Pro bono physical therapy work for people in need of services.

Other pertinent details

I have always been intellectually curious and a lifelong learner and I want to foster this great gift in my community.

Experience and goals

What do you consider your most meaningful career accomplishment?

Bringing ground breaking treatment for lymphedema to the capital district. This treatment did not previously exist.

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

Run my own business since 1985. I know how to be an executive and manage budgets and employees.

What are your goals as a library board member?

I want the library to be an apolitical place that is a world class place for learning. It should be well equipped with the tools, technology, and staff to make this goal a reality.

Views about libraries

How does a public library best serve its community?

To be a world class institution for learning and education.

What are the most important issues facing public libraries today?

Keeping libraries relevant and a value added asset in the 21st century.

How are public libraries changing?  How can a library board expedite these changes?

Libraries have seen positive and negative changes over the last 2 decades. I want to make sure the library is able to meet the needs of the community while maintaining it’s independence and being a good steward.

How have libraries influenced your life?

I raised 7 children in this community and they all relied heavily on the library. When I was in my mid 40s I went back for my Masters degree in rehabilitation counselling at SUNY Albany. I did 60 credits in 18 months! Most of this time was spent in the BPL researching and writing papers.

What do you like best about Bethlehem Public Library?

Great staff, centrally located, and well resourced!

What is your vision for the future of this library?

To be an apolitical institution that brings people together to learn and share information.

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