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For years libraries have provided Chilton manuals for car repairs to our patrons who were not afraid of getting their hands dirty.  We kept scores of old volumes in order to provide a wide range of years, makes and models.  But wouldn’t you know it, we never seemed to have the one someone needed right then.  It was frustrating for the patron and for us, knowing that no matter how many volumes we had, if it wasn’t yours, it was no good.  Now, with ChiltonLibrary, you can always find what you need.

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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for November

There is much to report—some completions, some successes, and some plans in the offing.

 1.      Completed Projects Approved by the Board:

It’s a pleasure to report that several projects have been completed.

1.1. Audio – Video System:  A few minor odds and ends remain but everything of major significance is done.  The sound system installed is controlled from a device in the control room and also as an application on the library’s meeting room iPad.  The video projector is outstanding.  Even with ambient light, the image is displayed so brightly that the movies approach theater-like quality in terms of brightness and resolution.  The proof is in the audience’s enjoyment of the movie programs presented since the system was installed in October.

Click Read More below for the rest of the report.

Director’s Film Series Extended

Thanks to everyone who filled out an index card with your comments after the last film program, on November 7.  There were about 50 responses.  We offer a special thanks to all who expressed how grateful they were for the film series and the movies shown (almost every response); and for the positive comments about the library director.  This feedback will help ensure that the film series will continue into the new year.

 Two comments came up multiple times. The first was a request to show captions or subtitles with the movies. With Adam Resurrected it was hard to understand everything that was said.  We’ll definitely show the subtitles if there are accents and speech that are not readily discernible.  We can discuss as a group whether you would like to have subtitles/captions for all films.

Graphically Novel

The teens did it first.  Then the children.  (Our younger collections have always been precocious.)  Now, at last, our adult collection graphic novels have broken free of the stacks! 

The collection's been given a new home (and room to grow) next to the Speculative Fiction paperbacks.  The books have a "Graphic Novel" label on the spine, and are shelved alphabetically by author (just like the prose novels).  New graphic novel acquisitions are now listed monthly on the New Speculative Fiction page.  Some things haven't changed: books about the medium-- artists' manuals, encyclopedias, reading guides, works about writers or artists, or literary criticism (yes, there really is literary criticism on Batman)-- are still under 741.5.

Sun-Times

 Please provide copies of the Sun-Times Crossword.  Other libraries do.  Thanks so much.

 

The Sun-Times is the Chicago Sun-Times.  The New City Library does not have a subscription to the print version of the paper.  It is my understanding that the Sun-Times is available online for the previous two weeks from any given date.  This should allow you to access the puzzle on your own.  In the past the library offered copies of The New York Times Crossword, but stopped because of copyright issues. 

Alternate Payment Methods for Fines

I am interested in finding out about being able to pay my fines by debit card.  The Nyack Library has the ability to do this.  It is very silly and frustrating that this service is not available at the New City Library.

Many libraries offer credit and debit card payments (and many don’t).  We will look into what it will take to add the use of credit/debit cards to the library services offered.  If it makes sense for the New City Library to do it, we will work it out so that you and all others will be able to make credit card payments to the library. 

Conversation by the Computers

Computer access appreciated!  I t is impossible to work (I have been here for four consecutive days at different times) and concentrate with staff helping patrons in person and on the phone using very loud voices—also lots of non-library conversations with other workers and patrons.

 

 We are well aware of the problem.  Others working at the computer stations have also brought it up.  Given the current layout the best we can do is to ask the reference staff to do the best it can to keep their voices as low as is practicable.  Circumstances undoubtedly arise—all too frequently—which require reference staff to raise their voices in order for the person with whom they are speaking to hear what they have to say.   This is even more common—and necessary— with telephone reference assistance.

 

Staff Kudos

 Several staff members were mentioned by name for providing such wonderful help to a patron that the person wants to nominate them for Librarians of the Year.  The patron felt that the assistance they gave was above and beyond the call of duty.

 We are always pleased to hear about the fine work done by library staff.  The New City Library staff does their utmost to provide the best possible service and usually do.  We are grateful when patrons take the time and make the effort to let us know about such occasions.

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