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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for May

  • AV Project:  It’s definitely in the homestretch.  The carpet and almost all of the ceiling and interior work in the lower level has been completed.  The date of the Board meeting, 5/15/2014, is when the shelving for the lower level will be delivered and installed now that the lower level work is close to completion. 
  • Once installed the Books on CD, Romances, and Playaways will be moved from the meeting room to the new shelving in the lower level.   In addition additional shelves were ordered for the first floor to promote easy browsing by eliminating as much as possible the bottom shelves for AV materials.  This should complete almost all of the renovations and changes to the adult services department lower level and first floor.
  • The children’s department is waiting for the replacement furniture that arrived damaged earlier.  The three big items are the iPad table, the computer table, and a single section of single-faced shelving for games.  Once these pieces are in place—expected by the end of the month—the children’s room will be pretty much done.

 

Heard around the state!

On Sunday May 11,  our director Mitch Freedman was interviewed by Nina DelRio on 106.7 Lite FM for the Get Connected show. 106.7 has generously made the show available on their website. Click here to listen to full interview.

It's National Library Week!

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for April

1. AV Project

The AV Project is in the construction phase.  After being given a 3-4 week verbal estimate for completion, the written estimate subsequently submitted showed an 8-week schedule.  I sent an unanswered email of complaint about this discrepancy.  Telephone tag with the general contractor didn’t result in a conversation but something must have happened.  The work that has been underway since April 7 has been moving at such an accelerated rate that—barring any unforeseen problems—the Library should see the project completed well before the June 3 completion date originally proposed. 

Cafe at the Library

The Suffern Library has a successful coffee bistro located in its lower level. Visitors to the library seem to use it regularly. Should the New City Library use the free space arising from moving the videos and music materials and install a coffee bistro downstairs?

Our plan is to use our freed up space as a sorely needed quiet study area. The design of the library is such that it can be hard to find a quiet niche and that is our current priority. It is a great suggestion and one we'll keep in mind for the future.

Changes to the Building

I do not like the changes to the floor. They are disruptive and unnecessary.

We know that change can be difficult. Right now, some of our collections may seem far flung, but the payoff has already begun. You no longer have to look through bins of cards to find your DVD. Instead, you can take it right off the shelf and eliminate a lengthy step in the checkout process. By the time summer begins in earnest, there will also be the lovely edition of a quiet study area which many patrons have requested in the past. We apologize for these temporary inconveniences while we strive to make the library better.

One on One Computer Help

I have been visiting other local libraries which provide one to one tutoring in technology and your personal needs. Why don't we have this? Group classes  are not as powerful and technological literacy is essential. Even New York
City is providing several locations with this in mind. I would love to have open sessions or appointments since I am very busy and  cannot make use of many group sessions.

Recording Programs

The library has many programs with great presenter that are done during working hours. Some of us would like to benefit from them too. I suggest you make videos like YouTube and put them on your website for all to enjoy.

We're glad that our programming interests a wide variety of people and acknowledge the difficulty of attending some of the daytime programs. Unfortunately, taping these programs isn't currently feasible for a number of reasons. If in the future there is a program that particularly interests you, please let us know and we'll attempt to offer it again in the evening.

Lights and the Books on CD

I am visually impaired, please put brighter lights in the meeting room. I couldn't see the books on CD.

During the construction, we are temporarily housing our books on CD, Playways and Romance paperbacks in our meeting room. As of today, we've changed all the bulbs to increase the brightness as best we can and are investigating other lighting possibilities. If all goes as planned, those collections will be moved into their permanent and well lit  locations before the end of June. Thank you for your patience while we make major changes to our facilities.

Staff Kudos

The staff here are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.

Thank you!

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