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Better Than Google

While reading through my past blog entries, I was surprised that I had never written about one of our oldest and best used databases, ReferenceUSA. This database has been around since 1992, and we were one of their earliest subscribers. Here are some of the reasons why we continue to subscribe.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for February

1. AV Project

As the June 30, 2014 deadline looms larger and larger, a great amount of work is being accomplished that should bring us to that goal in a timely manner.  The goal of the AV Grant was to make the library’s DVD, CD, and game discs directly available to the public.  It seems simple enough, but to get the results that would be best for the library patrons, a great effort is required.  I am pleased to report that Marianne Silver, Janet Makoujy, Gail Seidenfrau, and Susan Telesca have all pitched in, and have done and continue to do an excellent job of moving the project forward.

Once completed, the changes made will be immediately obvious to anyone who crosses the library threshold, starting with the lobby (area by the circulation desk), the children’s department, and the even greater changes made to the Lower Level and 1st Floor areas of the Adult Services Department. 

The two project areas will be discussed separately, and will be followed by a few specific items related to the project:

 

Beyond Books: The Oscars

How quickly a year passes!  It's hard to believe but, once again, we are fast approaching the Academy Awards show which will be aired on Sunday, March 2nd.

This year, as last year, there are nine films nominated in the Best Picture category.  There are so many worthy contenders for best film that, in my opinion, it will be hard to pick "the best".  There have also been some truly memorable acting performances this year.  Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchette (Blue Jasmine) have all made their respective characters come totally alive on the screen.  This has, indeed, been a good year for the movie industry.

Last year, for the first time, the New City Library AV Department had a "pick the Oscar winners" contest.  It was so popular with our patrons that I decided to, once again, have the same contest this year. Click here to enter!

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.

Feed the birds...tuppence a bag....

..well, okay, with inflation it's more like thruppence a bag these days. Birds visit the children's garden all year round and we try to help them through the winter by filling up the birdfeeders. Many thanks to all those patrons and staff members who have continued to donate bags of seed for this effort. We even took part in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology birdcount a couple winters ago. Just come into the children's room and you will surely see some of our feathered friends. Please consider donating a bag of bird seed at the children's desk. You can drop it off before or after you've looked through our many birding books in the children's and adult's collections!

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for January

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.

 2.      Parish Report and Physical Plant

Healthy Beginnings

I am grateful for beginnings.  The New Year allows us to start all over with a clean slate after the holiday excess of sweets, rich side dishes, succulent meats, and those celebratory high calorie beverages.  It gives us another chance to begin to eat healthier with lean meats, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits.   There is an array of diets to choose from but I am terrible at following a diet, so I try to eat everything in moderation (yes, I have my white rice most every night).  So, my goal is to eat smaller portions in my meals, have frequent healthy snacks, and drink more water.   I have learned to not skip meals which would lower my metabolism and trick my body into starvation mode.   Eating, like life, needs to be in balance.

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.   

Beyond Books: What's Ahead In 2014?

The holidays are over.  All the gifts have been unwrapped and all those wonderful holiday meals have been eaten.  Other than going to the gym to get those holiday pounds off....where else should you be heading?  To the New City Library, of course!!

The New City Library AV Department has already started a collection of the hottest PS4 and XBox One games.  We also have the new WII U format games; though that system has not seen the popularity yet of the previous generation of Nintendo Wii games.  Some of our new titles for the PS4 are:  Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag; NBA 2K14 and Knack.  For the XBox One we have NBA 2K14; Dead Rising 3 and Battlefield 4.  As more titles become available I will be adding them to our fledgling collections.

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.

 

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