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Upcoming Events

Put the winter blues behind you and escape your cabin fever by coming to the library for some fascinating programming.  Ever heard of Etsy? It’s an online marketplace where artisans and crafters of all kinds sell their wares. Join us on Thursday, March 13 at 7PM and learn how you can set up your own Etsy shop.  

Leave New York behind and escape to the Andes with Professor Emeritus Barry Kass, who will take you to the mountains of Peru with photo lecture on Monday, March 17 at 2PM. You can also stay local on Wednesday, March 19 at 2PM  by hearing an update on the Tappan Zee Bridge project or on Sunday, March 25 at 2PM when students, administrator and community activists delve into the divisive situation in the East Ramapo school district.  

If your health has suffered from a winter spent locked away, then come over on Wednesday, March 5 at 1:30 PM for the Stay Fit Seniors presentation or stop by on Wednesday, March 26 at 1PM for an up-to-date talk on nutrition by Alice Kaufman.

Website Updates

y'all need to update website more regularly. You have same quote of the month (been there since at least December) and you still mention "The library will be closed on Monday, February 17 for President's Day."- that
was a week ago! come on!

Thank you for pointing out the President's Day listing. It has now been removed. We strive to make our website a lively and active place with regular blogging from many of our librarians and up-to-date listings of our upcoming events. Please check back regularly over the next few months for updates on our ongoing construction.

Library Financial Audit 2013

Annual President's Report for 2014

It is a pleasure to present to you this report on the New City Library’s past year’s activities and successes.

After a problematic and public search process to replace the previous library director, the New City Library hired Mitch Freedman, in May 2013 by the unanimous vote of the eight trustees in attendance.

 In addition, three other hires were approved by the Board in 2013: James Collins was hired as the Business Manager replacing Ellen Ellis; Veronica Reynolds, a member of the reference staff, was promoted to Coordinator of Community Relations replacing Sally Pellegrini; and, Brian Clay Jennings was hired as a reference librarian II to fill the vacancy created by the promotion of Ms. Reynolds.  Additionally, Shibu Abraham was hired as the bookkeeper to replace Rita Filgate.  All of these appointments have strengthened the Library.  We are especially pleased that all full-time positions are filled. 

Please click 'Read More' below for the rest of the report.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for December

 1.      New Board & Reception

I want to welcome the three new additions to the Board, Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg.  I would like to plan a reception for the staff to meet the entire Board at its quarterly staff meeting for the first quarter of 2014.  I recommend Friday morning, January 31, at 9:30am.  The Library doesn’t open until 11:00am on Fridays, which is why that is the best time to meet the staff and interact informally with them

I also wish the very best to Jeffrey Greenberg, Matthew Mulrooney, and Thomas Ninan, the three retiring Board members.

I’m especially grateful to the full 2013 Board for hiring me and for their support.  I will continue to do the best job I can in 2014 and look forward to working with the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees of the New City Library.

Click Read More below for the rest of the report.   

Director's Film Series

This series of films are shown every Thursday at 1PM unless otherwise noted. Each movie is selected by Mitch Freedman, Director of the New City Library.

Upcoming Films:

 

March 27

Bread & Roses

A grim contemporary drama about office cleaners in L.A. Maya is reuniting with her older sister Rosa after a harrowing  journey from Mexico. After being groped as a barmaid and then extorted as a janitor, she happens upon a muckraking lawyer and union agitator. Together the two sisters fight for their right to unionize. Winner of the Phoenix Prize. Nominated for the Golden Palm Reward in 2000. 2000, Rated R, 110 minutes

 

 

Previous Titles:

October 10-  Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

A feel-good coming-of-age Israeli movie about a teen trying to make sense of his world. This 16-year-old underachiever doing so poorly in school is actually a genius, but his interests are focused on his dysfunctional family and the beautiful girl next door. Not rated.

Nativity Scene

Would you please take down the nativity scene in A/V.  It is very offensive to an atheist.  Every belief or non-belief should be represented equally or not at all.  Thank you.

Director's Response: The nativity scene was permitted in the A/V area in response to there having been a menorah that celebrated Chanukah.  In the interest of fairness, I consented to the Nativity scene being represented in the same location. 

I will recommend to the Board of Trustees for its January 16, 2014, meeting that the library adopt a policy of there being NO representation of religious observances in the New City Library.  This recommendation is consistent with your proposed alternative that there be “[none] at all.”

My recommendation will not pertain to the holidays of Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.  Although both holidays had religious-based origins they are both celebrated as lay-holidays—the former, honoring love, and the latter honoring the Irish people.

 

Posting Responses to Suggestions

Suggestions should be written by the Library Director in the Library Newsletter.  The results of the suggestion should also be written.

Director's Response: We will post all suggestions and answers here on the Library web site.


Physical Plant Assessment

Earlier this year, the Board of the New City Library retained Parish Property Management to conduct a comprehensive physical plant assessment of the New City Library.  This assessment reviews the condition of the roof, exterior walls, HVAC and Electrical systems as well as the exterior of the facility (sidewalks and parking lot).  The purpose of the assessment is to have a non partisan, professional review of the Library and advise the Board of what actions are needed as well as a priority lisitng.  The Board wants to share the contents of this report with the community.

Early next year the Board will address the issues raised in this report and develop a plan of action.

 

Praise for the Director

Mitch Freedman is a great and friendly library director. I love his film series. Please make him permanent.

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