March 1999

Josephine P. Bargnes

by Stephanie TABER

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Josephine P. Bargnes loves the library. As President of the Amherst Public Library Board of Trustees, this forever young and active retiree worked with the Board to construct and expand the Amherst Main Library at Audubon.

She is founder and first President of the Association of Contracting Libraries and currently serves on the Liaison Committee and the New York State Association of Library Boards.

Known affectionately as “Jobar” to family and friends, she may be found storytelling at Clearfield Library, editing the next newsletter of Millard Fillmore Hospital’s Women’s Board where she serves on the Operating Board, or helping out her four grown children with their kids.

A world traveler, Jo enjoys frequent trips to far away lands like Italy or Russia.

While her schedule keeps her busy, she doesn’t let it interfere with what she loves most. “Having ten grandchildren, eight of whom are grandsons, assures me that I am apt to be needed somewhere at a moment’s notice,” she explains. “They are the light of my life.”

Stephanie Taber is a freelance writer.


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