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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. 

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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.

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Thursday Film Series

This series of films are shown every Thursday at 2PM unless otherwise noted.

 

Upcoming Films:

June 25- Wild Tales (2014)

Foreign Film: Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles

Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world cause stress and depression for many people. The characters in this film react to these stimuli by crossing the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for 2014. 122 minutes.

July 2 – Yankee Doodle Dandy (Life of composer, playwright and actor George M. Cohan)
1942. Not rated. 126 minutes. Starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie and Walter Huston.

July 9 – Frida (Life of artist Frida Kahlo)
2002. Rated R. 123 minutes. Starring Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina and Geoffrey Rush.

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.

Movie Series Response

Excellent Thursday 1PM Movie Series. Thank you for showing these films- today's (November 21st) is a "must see" for all high school students as well as folks like us.

Coming in May

Willig, Lauren. A Summer Engagement. (Author Visit at the New City Library on April 9!)

Fiction

Andrews, Mary Kay. Save the Date.

Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot.

Cargill, Robert. Queen of the Dark Things.

Cunningham, Michael. The Snow Queen.

Cussler, Clive & Graham Brown. Ghost Ship.

Deaver, Jeffery. The Skin Collector.

Giffin, Emily. The One and Only.

Iles, Greg. Natchez Burning.

Jonasson, Jonas. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.

Lescroart, John. The Keeper.

Lowell, Elizabeth. Night Diver.

Montefiore, Simon Sebag. One Night in Winter.

Moon, Elizabeth. Crown of Renewal.

Patterson, James & Maxine Paetro. Unlucky 13.

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