Our BOOK MADNESS! Tournament of Books will start the first week in March. Come to the library each week to vote for your favorite popular reads of 2014. The books with the most votes will advance to the next round. Only one will win! Gone Girl? Fifty Shades of Grey? The Invention of Wings? Mr. Mercedes? Which book will it be?
Send a message in support of NY libraries. According to the New York Library Association, Governor Cuomo, despite having an extra $5.5 billion in revenue this year and proposing up to a 4.8% increase in state education funding has proposed flat funding for our community libraries. Last year, the Governor poposed a 4.7% cut in local library aid yet a 3.8% increase in education funding. In fact, last year, the approved state budget included a 5.7% increase in education funding but only a 1.2% increase in local library aid. New York State Education Law requires library aid for 2015-2016 to be $102.6 million based on the most recent census data. The Governor’s flat funding proposal puts state library aid at 86.6 million which is equivalent to 1997 funding. This is $16 million short of where the budget should be. Please use this pre-written letter to voice your support for full funding for libraries in the coming budget year.
Our Story Times will be starting back up with our new Children’s Coordinator, Anne VanDeusen. Go to our youth page to see our complete Winter/Spring schedule. We are offering reading programs for children Birth to 12 years old. The Winter/Spring schedule runs from March 3rd to May 28th and registration is required. Come read, sing, and craft with Miss Anne!