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Just Between Friends Volume 1, Issue 1 Summer, 2006
A newsletter from the Friends of the
Plattekill Public Library
to Just Between Friends, a newsletter
from the Friends of the Plattekill Library. As advocates for the Library, the
Friends assist the library in pursuing its mission and goals as set forth by the
Library’s Board of Trustees. Friends can do things that the trustees and
professional library staff cannot, such as encouraging the public to get out and
vote for the Library’s Trustee election
and budgetary vote, which are both upcoming on September 18, 2006. It is
only through participation of the public that our voices can be heard, and we,
the Friends of the Library, need your help and support. Through a multitude of
publications in many formats, through informative and fun programs for all, the
library helps bring the community together and enriches our lives on many
the library is here for all of us, young and old, and it can only be as good as
we make it. Let’s praise the
staff and trustees for providing a terrific resource, and let’s not stop
searching for ways to make it even better for all of us.
And, again, don’t forget to vote on September 18!
Poirier, a new Friend of the Library
Budget Vote and Trustee Election
On Monday, September 18, 2006, voting
will take place on the library’s proposed operating budget and to fill two
positions on the library’s Board of Trustees. The polls will be open between
the hours of 12 Noon and 9pm at the
library. A copy of the library’s budget will be on display for voters to
review. In order to be eligible to
vote, you must be registered with the Ulster County Board of Elections and be a
resident of the Library District. If you cannot vote in person, absentee
ballots may be obtained at the library during regular business hours. All
absentee ballots must be received at the library by 5 PM on September 18, 2006
in order to be considered. If you or your children have ever benefited from the
services offered and programs sponsored by the library, please support their
continued efforts by voting on September 18, 2006. Every vote counts.
Budgetary Update – Interview with the
Library Director, John Georghiou
are your most pressing budgetary concerns?
There are several, including the loss of $14,000 from the Wallkill School
District (WSD) for 2007 and the loss of Ulster County funding of $11,500 for
What does that $14,000 mean to the
library? That is about what we spend
on Childrens’ books every year, not including the Summer Reading Program. This
library has received funds from the WSD since the early 1990s. It was at $12,000
in the mid 90s and increased to the current level of $14,000 per year in the
late 90s. This is a big loss, but it’s not anyone’s fault. We are no longer
eligible for that aid since you can vote directly on our budget.
current budget doesn’t pass, what will be cut?
Our Summer Reading Program will be reduced, there will be a significant
reduction of book, DVD, and audio purchases, and we will need to cut back on all
other programs, library hours, and even staff. It’s a Major loss!
is the proposed 2007 budget? The
Board members approved that the levy be increased only to equal the loss in
income and current cost increases. The total budget request is for $232,000, up
from $213,000 we are spending this year. In terms of your cost, it’s about one
dollar more per month on an average house.
What are the greatest achievements for the past year? The major increase in youth services, which includes the increase in Readalouds to one per month, as well as our increased outreach to the elementary and middle schools to show what we are offering. We have seen a dramatic and continuing increase in usage of the library based on statistics, traffic, and the number of children signing up for the Summer Reading Program.
- Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Plattekill Public
Library. You can send a check for the Friends to Plattekill
Public Library at 2047 Route 32, Modena, NY 12548. Also consider donating new or gently used books,
movies, or audiobooks. During regular business hours, call the staff at the
Circulation Desk to let them know that you would like to leave a donation.
Please note that the library does not accept condensed books, encyclopedias,
magazines, or textbooks. The profits realized from the sale of all donated books
are used toward funding various library programs. Clean out your bookcases,
share your favorite reads with your neighbors, and help the library!
a Friend! - The
Friends of the Plattekill Public Library is a support group of involved citizens
who foster public awareness of library services and programs and assist in
fundraising. Past and future fundraising efforts
by the Friends include penny socials, a 5K
Walk/Run, book and yard sales. The monies raised help support the library’s
Summer Reading Program and provide refreshments at all Readaloud and movie
programs. To become a member of the
Friends, either pick up an application located at the library’s Circulation
Desk or print one online (http://plattekill.lib.ny.us/ and see link to
the Friends) and mail to: Friends
of the Plattekill Public Library, 2047 Route 32, Modena, NY
12548. Help support your local library by becoming a Friend today.
– The Friends meet at the Library the first Monday of each month at 7:30 PM,
with the following exception: because of Labor Day, this September, the
Friends will meet on September 11th. Meetings are open to all. Join us to see what we are all
about! The Next Meeting is AUGUST 7.