One of Our Own: Sue Seamens, Falconer Librarian

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Contributing Writer
Bob Houston

A single flip of the coin changed Sue Seaman’s life. 

Now the Librarian at Falconer Public Library, Seamans began her career at Brocton Central School. Her husband taught English in Randolph. Because of too many long winter drives, she said, “We decided to move. We flipped a coin to see where we would go.”

Falconer won the toss.

“I began working at the library, which has become the most rewarding job I can imagine. It has embraced my personality.”

Seamans is a humble woman who is not comfortable in the limelight. Her concern is for others. Even though she is no longer formally a teacher, she has never lost her desire nor her ability to reach young people with her philosophy of life.

“I tell young people they are the eyes of the future. They may see burned out buildings or empty stores or poverty, but I remind them of the positive history of our community, of the wonderful accomplishments of our residents and our businesses. They need to know and love the history of their town and understand that they can continue that tradition of excellence.”

(L to R) Sandra Thies, senior library clerk; Sue Seamans, librarian;
Polly Cimino, clerk; Laurie Becker, library manager

Seamans cites many examples of what she wants those youngsters to know about Falconer, and about the potential for their own futures.

“Robert H. Jackson was the first lawyer for the village of Falconer,” she notes. “Hugh Bedient of the Boston Red Socks, also from Falconer, had a no–hitter in the 1912 World Series.”

Fancher Chair made the bench seats for the famous amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution. Ellison Bronze made doors for the World Trade Center in New York City.

“In 1926, President Franklin Roosevelt called on Falconer for help,” Seamans said. “Excel Metal Cabinet Company made the cabinets for the White House kitchen. They could have called upon any company anywhere in the United States, but they came here, to Falconer.

The future of the village can be just as bright, or brighter, Seamans says, than its illustrious past.

It’s not just those examples, though, that excite her about her community. There’s also the close working relationship she has established between the library and other village resources.

“The village board and the library board worked together to increase library hours, to build additional space, to make computers available, to bring in tutors to work with students who need a little extra help,” Seamans noted. “It’s important for the library to keep up with change so we can help the community keep up with change.”

For Seamans, that philosophy is her watchword.

“I feel very fortunate,” she said. “I never went back to teaching. I have stayed here in Falconer because my heart is here.”