Trustees in the Know: LTA Regional Workshop on Long Island

LTA Directors ready for trustee registration: Martha Anderson, Edris Scherer, Jean Currie

100 Library Trustees gathered on August 12 at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for LTA’s regional workshop, Trustees in the Know.


Rob Caluori makes issues of patron privacy accessible to trustees

Rob Caluori, Director of Information Technology at Westchester Library System,broke down technical issues of patron privacy in what might be called Cybersecurity 101 for Libraries. He spelled out risks to library patrons, explained the concept of a public and private cloud, defined email security and email tools, and addressed changes in net neutrality – all in laymen terms.

A video of his presentation is available at https://youtu.be/2-Fj7WOHN68

Joe Eisner answers questions about creating and revising library policies

Joe Eisner addressed trustee liability for library finances and for creating library policies in his presentation, Due Diligence: Liability, Policy, & Pitfalls. Joe is well known to trustees for his monthly website column, Ask Joe; his presentation sparked many questions as trustees matched their own board practices against legal and ethical considerations.


Lothrop Architects design team:Jim Lothrop, Judy Girod, Bob Gabalski

Jim Lothrop brought a team from his architectural firm, Lothrop Associates, to envision how future forces within technology will change the way libraries are used. Libraries looking to engage additional patrons need to plan collaborative spaces and portable configurations, and to consider how design elements—use of color, lighting options, furniture design, and, yes, whimsy—can define the character of a community library.


Library spaces evolve to meet changing needs

LTA sends a genuine thank you to Library Director Gretchen Browne and the library staff for hosting the workshop and facilitating the program details and workshop amenities.

As one trustee commented, it’s great to leave “more in the know” after this successful workshop.

Gloversville Public Library – Restoration of an Historic Carnegie Library

Historic Carnegie Library Building

The roots of the Gloversville Public Library dates back to 1880 with the incorporation of the Levi Parsons Library of Gloversville and Kingsboro, a subscription library.

In 1888 the library re-chartered as the Gloversville Free Library, an association library. And finally in 2005, when support from the city of Gloversville was reduced from $150,000 per year to $0, the library re-chartered again, this time as a school district public library. It was a hard fought battle that was won with just 42 votes.

Once the dust settled the newly elected trustees turned their attention to the 1904 Carnegie building. There had been three previous, but unsuccessful, attempts to implement some form of renovation of the historic facility starting in the 1970s.

By 2005, the heating and plumbing systems were 102 years old, there was no air condition to fight the 95° days of the summer, the dome was leaking – again, and 3 of the 4 levels of the building were inaccessible because we lacked an elevator.

View of the curving staircase inside the Gloversville Public Library.

Not knowing where to start, we just started. The first project was to seal the dome and repaint the 40 foot high lobby. Our Friends group jumped on board with a fundraiser that, surprisingly, raised over $25,000!

Next we hired an architect for a master plan. We invested in a basement moisture remediation project then an exterior masonry cleaning project. We started writing DLD public library construction grants for these break out projects. These small projects gave us confidence that we could undertake the full renovation while also completing key pieces of the project.

The economic conditions of Gloversville and Fulton County led the trustees to the decision that we would not ask the taxpayers for a bond referendum. We committed to raising all of the money another way.

Schenectady Gazette - Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo, a Gloversville native, cuts a ribbon at the Gloversville Public Library to announce that he would chair a capital campaign to raise funds for library improvements, on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

A fundraising consultant was critical and by working with him we explored new avenues and uncovered new sources of funding. We wrote 4 CFAs (consolidated funding applications) and received 4 awards totaling $1,513,000.

We were awarded over $850,000 for 7 DLD construction grants. Senator Farley secured $2,250,000 in State and Municipal Facilities funding. And the donors in our community, over 850, pledged over $4,000,000.

Photo by Levi Pascher From left, Gloversville Public Library Director Barbara Madonna, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth CEO Ron Peters, State Sen. Hugh Farley, Mohawk Valley Library System Director Eric Trahan and President of the Library’s Board of Trustees Christine Pesses. Farley announced Monday he secured $2 million in state funding for future library renovations and the city library honored him for his dedication to community.

The ground-breaking ceremony was held this past May. The asbestos abatement is complete and the old boiler removed. Currently we have a huge pit with footing forms for the new additions in place and the interior is being gutted of its lath and plaster.

With luck, construction will be done in September 2018 and we’ll move home that fall. This project has been a long, labor of love for so many people.

Dusten Rader/Express staff A renovation kick-off event was held Thursday at the Gloversville Public Library. From left, Merry Brown, library board of trustees vice president; Christine Pesses, board president; Betsy Batchelor, trustee; Barbara Madonna, library director; Craig Clark, trustee; Robin Lair, trustee secretary and Lisa Buggeln, trustee, vice president of finance.

We raised the funds the hard way, but through those efforts we have been able to involve more people, build community partnerships, raise awareness about library services and engage the entire community.

This process has not just resulted in a successful fundraising campaign and building project, but has built a solid foundation for the success of the library’s programs and services once we move back into the newly renovated, but still historic, Carnegie Library.

THE LOWER LEVEL WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO A YOUTH CENTER. EXPANDED CHILDREN'S LIBRARY WITH NICHES FOR EXPLORATION, LEARNING AND SHARING. SEPARATE TEEN SPACE CREATIVE LEARNING, TECHNOLOGY, SOCIALIZING AND STUDYING. CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY ROOM FOR CLASS VISITS, STORYTIMES PROGRAMS AND PLAY.

THE MAIN LEVEL WILL SPREAD OUT THE EXISTING ADULT SERVICES. BRING THE LOCAL HISTORY ROOM TO THE MAIN FLOOR PROVIDE ADDITIONAL MEETING ROOMS. PROVIDE MORE QUIET NICHES FOR READING AND STUDYING.

THE UPPER LEVEL AND ITS AMENITIES WILL FINALLY BE ACCESSIBLE. AN ELEVATOR WILL CONVEY PATRONS TO EVERY FLOOR INCLUDING THE LARGE CARNEGIE MEETING ROOM. A LARGE 30'X40' SPACE WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO GATHERING SPACES PROVIDING SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE MEETING ROOMS. GALLERY SPACE WILL BE CREATED TO SHOWCASE THE LIBRARY'S COLLECTIONS AND COMMUNITY'S TREASURERS.


For More Information:
Gloversville Public Library
34 WEST Fulton Street • PO Box 73 • Gloversville, New York
phone: (518) 725-2819 • fax: (518) 773-0292
gpl@mvls.info

Ask Joe Eisner: May a Library Board Meet Less Often…

LTA Members:Get Questions Answered
Do You Have a Library Question Which Requires an Answer?
Ask Joe Eisner (click to learn more)

As part of LTA’s expansion of service to aid and assist library trustees and directors, LTA offers members an opportunity to confer with Joe Eisner, free of charge.

Joe can be contacted toll-free at 1 (866) 720-8969 or by email at ltafaqjoe@librarytrustees.org. (Question are handled with discretion.)

For more information about Joe Eisner’s experience and background, please click on the “Ask Joe Eisner” tab under “Resources and Links” on LTA’s website.

Please note: The following should not be construed as legal advice, for which the services of counsel should be obtained:


The following should not be construed as legal advice, for which the services of counsel should be obtained.

Q. May a library board meet less often than  specified in its by-laws, and vote by e mail or telephone to deal with contingencies or “urgent matters” which might arise in the interval between such meetings?

AYes, a library board may meet less often than specified in its by-laws, but not less often than once a quarter. However, both association and public library boards may not transact business by taking votes by e mail or telephone as a substitute for actually convening a public meeting in compliance with the requirements of the Open Meetings Law (OML).

1) General- A library board needs to carefully consider the pitfalls which might be encountered if the number of board meetings is reduced. If the board’s current by-laws specify a number of meetings which is different than the reduced number a majority of the board proposes, the by-laws need not necessarily be changed at that point. At a board meeting legally convened in accordance with the requirements of the OML, the board could by resolution set up a schedule of the dates of such proposed public meetings for the next 12 months, reserving to itself the option of reviewing the matter at a future date to determine whether such a schedule has met the need for the board to responsibly transact routine library business, including payment of bills (see 2 below). This resolution should also indicate who and under what circumstances and for what purposes a meeting of the Board would be convened if a situation arose which required a meeting in addition to those scheduled as listed in the resolution.

A board must bear in mind that it cannot abrogate its responsibility as the policy making body. It can delegate authority, but notresponsibility. In order to accomplish a valid delegation of authority, prudence would dictate that the board consult with counsel and the library director to define those situations constituting an “urgency” which would require a meeting in order for the board to make a decision which the board for whatever reason would not wish as a matter of policy to entrust to the library director, a designated board member, or a committee of two or more board members. There is a difference between an “emergency” and an “urgency”. The latter could best be dealt with as suggested by the following:

For example, as an alternative, perhaps greater latitude could be accorded the library director to allow him/her to make decisions regarding expenditure of funds or to take action on matters which customarily have been reserved to the board. In any event, the board should adopt a policy statement which contains definitions of those situations which would encompass matters not foreseen or not covered by previous experience, and which either allow the library director latitude in coping with them, or would require that the board to convene to handle such matters or matter. An “urgency” should not be confused with an “emergency”.

For example, if as a matter of recorded policy the board agrees that in between required board meetings as set forth in the previously referred to schedule, the library director may make expenditures not to exceed a certain limit, such action would be subject to a post audit by the board. Similarly, an action taken by the library director in accordance with the suggested adopted policy allowing him/her the latitude to make certain decisions without the necessity of the board convening a meeting could also be reviewed by the Board in order to strengthen, modify or amend that policy in light of the experience gained from the event which caused such a review by the Board to be considered.

2) Payment of bills- note that holding meetings less often than is the current practice should take into account the necessity for making provision for routine business to be conducted, such as timely payment of bills or other matters of consequence which involve unforeseen circumstances requiring board action to resolve.

A public library board should be aware that a public library is subject to audit by the New York State Comptroller. In various published results of such audits, the Comptroller has stressed that a governing body is responsible for approving payments for expenses incurred, and that the board’s responsibility for auditing such proposed payments cannot be dispensed with. But if a majority of the board approves a change to the current meeting schedule, by resolution it can delegate to the director or the treasurer or one or two Board members, subject to a post-audit by a majority of the board at the next regularly scheduled or special meeting, the authority to approve payments in such categories as salaries, taxes withheld from employee salaries, utilities, and payments of those bills which, if delayed, would subject the library to a late payment penalty or cancellation of a service.

In regard to association libraries, while the Comptroller does not audit them, as governing bodies, their boards have similar responsibilities in regard to exercise of due diligence when authorizing expenditure of library funds.

A post audit by either type of board requires the same exercise of due diligence which the board is expected to perform before approving payment of bills- it must assure itself that the requested payments have been validly incurred, and that the payees actually exist. If a board should determine that is not the case, then it must seek to remedy the situation by attempting to recover such improperly disbursed monies.

Treasurer’s duties- prudence would suggest that if a board decides to implement a reduced meeting schedule, it seek the guidance of both its auditor and treasurer to make certain that proper procedures are in effect which will guard against defalcations, embezzlement or fraud occasioned by lack of or weak controls in this area. If not already in effect, a faithful performance bond for the treasurer should be considered. As opined by the Comptroller, a board member of a public library should not be the treasurer, nor should a staff member who is responsible for ordering materials or equipment, or certifying that such items have been received.

While there is no such prohibition applying to an association library treasurer, association library boards may wish to consider whether it would be prudent to implement the above described procedures applicable to treasurers of public library boards. The treasurer should be the custodian of library funds, which he/she is authorized to release upon receipt of notice from the board that specified payments as listed on a warrant are in order. With the implementation of proper procedures, such as the listing of bills approved for payment by the board at a legally convened meeting, a single signature check bearing the treasurer’s signature, would obviate the need for multiple signature checks requiring the signature of either the director or a board member.


Please note: If you have any additional questions about this topic, please contact Joe Eisner at the e-mail/phone above.

 

My Love Letter to Long Island’s Libraries by Gina Sipley

Patrick Eannotti of Glen Cove holds his 10-month-old daughter, Quinn, as she is fingerprinted for a photo identification card at the Glen Cove Library on Feb. 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Barry Sloa

Almost anything that has ever brought me great joy began with a trip to the library.

When I was small, my mother and I would walk from Garden City South to our local library in Franklin Square, a little over two miles round-trip, because we didn’t always have access to a reliable car. Walking hand in hand was both the most efficient and most enjoyable way to get anywhere. It was at story time for children that both my mother and I made lasting friendships.

Today, I am fortunate to live around the corner from the Gold Coast Library in Glen Head and a two-mile walk to the Sea Cliff Children’s Library. My 18-month-old son, Colin, and I find ourselves in Sea Cliff several times a week, meeting and making friends. That’s the thing that many people don’t understand — a library is more than books, it’s a community.

Sure, the library was the place where I was introduced to Judy Blume novels and — yes, I’m totally embarrassed to admit it — the juicy Sweet Valley High series. But it was also the place where I learned origami and cartooning, and got my first email address in 1997.

At the library, friends and I learned how to research colleges and search for scholarships on the internet. It’s also where we exchanged emails with boys we met at out-of-state Model UN conferences. Because we didn’t have email access at home, we raced to the library after school to check our messages in eager anticipation of a flirty reply.

The library was the place where we sometimes giggled too loudly, and where the librarians knew us by name.

Their knowing our names wasn’t a bad thing. When I came home from my first semester at Binghamton University, Mary LaRosa, the young adult librarian at the Franklin Square library, offered me one of my first teaching jobs. I taught creative writing to kids, who, like me, would later become first-generation college graduates

This job transitioned over the years into my teaching a wide range of classes at the library, from writing to coding. The classes always drew a wild mix of kids from different grades and social groups. Kids who wouldn’t normally hang out together found themselves making connections for a few hours. More than learning to code, they learned how to get along. And me? I learned that I wanted to teach.

In the reading workshop I now teach at Nassau Community College, my students are often amazed that they can check out books free of charge via their smartphones and virtually visit a variety of Long Island libraries.

Although I encourage them to visit their local libraries in person, their work, school and family obligations leave them little leisure time. For students who often struggle to buy books, the OverDrive app used by Nassau and Suffolk county public libraries, as well as the college library, makes their homework easier by helping them find resources.

My students surreptitiously read books on the app when there is a slow moment at work. They read while commuting on the bus. Then they plug in their earbuds on the walk home and listen to audio versions. Even though they can’t always easily visit their local libraries, the library is always with them.

I don’t do much reading on my phone, but I, too, carry the library with me through my experiences.

The library gave me access to a world beyond my neighborhood — going away to college upstate, graduate school on the West Coast, and living abroad — but also made me proud of where I come from. Long Island’s extensive system of libraries is one of our greatest assets — one well worth our public investment.

Reader Gina Sipley lives in Glen Head.

LTA wishes to thank Ms. Sipley and Newsday for permission to share this with you. This editorial was original printed in Newsday on August 13, 2017.

 

How to Make Your Library an Essential Service by Libby Post

-_Making Your Library an Essential Service & Learning to Be a Library Advocate in Your Community._ (5) from Timothy Gavin on Vimeo.

You know your library is an essential service. But, how do you communicate that and make sure you’re building an effective base of support? Library advocacy and marketing consultant Libby Post, president of Communication Services, will walk you through the steps you need to take to make sure you stay on target and are an advocacy success story.

Libby Post has been working with public libraries across the country on branding and advocacy since 2005. She is the president and strategist-in-chief of Communication Services, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in public libraries, advocacy and political communications. Her success rate for library voter initiatives is 84%. Post serves on the American Library Association’s Committee on Library Advocacy and will be joining the board of United for Libraries, the national trustee, friends and foundation organization.

State Education Department Releases Revised Draft Every Student Succeeds Act Plan

Revisions Made in Response to the More Than 1,000 Comments
Received on the Draft ESSA Plan

Revised Draft Plan Continues to Emphasize Fostering Equity in Education for All Students and Expands Measures for School Accountability & Student Success

The New York State Education Department today presented revisions to the draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan (revised summary available here) to the Board of Regents. Since releasing the draft plan in May, the Department received more than 1,070 public comments, both in writing and verbally at the 13 public meetings held across the state, and made revisions to the draft plan in response to those comments.

The revised draft plan continues to emphasize fostering equity in education for New York’s students; expands measures for school support and accountability and student success; and requires school-level improvement plans for the lowest performing schools overall as well as schools with the lowest performance for certain student populations. The plan also includes strategies for supporting the professional growth of educators and ensuring that all students, including English language learners/Multilingual learners, immigrant students, migratory youth, homeless youth, and neglected and delinquent youth, have access to a well-rounded, culturally responsive education that supports their academic and social-emotional development. The Department detailed highlights of the plan to the Board of Regents at its May meeting.

“The Board of Regents and I take our responsibility to improve teaching and learning in New York’s schools very seriously, and we were awed by the young people and other members of the public that came to our public meetings to share their thoughts on New York’s draft ESSA plan,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “We heard you, and our revised ESSA plan is better because of it. Through ESSA, New York is poised to take a more holistic approach to accountability that looks at multiple measures of school and student success. This approach allows us to continually evolve and adapt so we can ensure that our systems are culturally responsive and place an emphasis on educating the whole child.”

“At each of the 13 public meetings we held on our draft ESSA plan, parents, educators and students all spoke passionately about certain aspects of our plan – from school accountability and transfers schools to the importance of social and emotional supports and physical education – and we listened,” Commissioner Elia said. “The revised draft plan includes changes as a result of this public feedback. In September, we will submit to the U.S. Department of Education a plan to help all of New York’s children lead successful lives and to move us forward in our efforts to improve equity of educational outcomes in our State. We thank all of the hundreds of stakeholders and members of the public who helped shape this plan throughout our process over the past year.”

The Department received more than 800 written comments and 270 verbal comments at the meetings during public comment period. In addition to hosting 13 public hearings on the plan from May 11 through June 16, NYSED also held more than 120 stakeholder and public meetings between October 2016 and May 2017 to gather input to help inform the development of the draft plan.

The revised full draft plan and a summary are posted on the Department’s ESSA webpage. The summary document outlines the Department’s stakeholder engagement process and highlights key proposals from the full plan.

Key Revisions to the Draft ESSA Plan
Based on the feedback received during the public comment period, the Department made key revisions to the draft ESSA plan, which included to:

  • Reduce grades 3 – 8 English Language Arts and Mathematics testing days from 3 days to 2 each to reflect the recent Board action;
  • Use out-of-school suspensions as a school accountability indicator starting in 2018-19
  • Measure middle school students’ readiness for success in high school once two years of data becomes available;
  • Equally weight achievement and growth at the elementary and middle school level;
  • The Commissioner will partner with districts to determine the most appropriate interventions for transfers schools identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools and not automatically place them in receivership if these schools are re-identified;
  • Require all school improvement plans to provide adequate evidence of parent and family involvement in plan development;
  • Consider ways to support school boards and promote legislation to intervene when school boards are not meeting students’ basic educational needs;
  • Emphasize the State’s commitment to promoting a well-rounded education that includes physical education and the arts, including revising Commissioner’s regulations pertaining to physical education;
  • Include greater emphasis on the State’s commitment to cultural responsiveness;
  • Add a provision to promote the social and emotional support services by specialized instructional support personnel as part of a well-rounded education;
  • Emphasize the State’s use of technology to support personalized learning; and
  • Place greater weighting on the English Language Proficiency indicator for schools that are held accountable for this indicator.

More details on the specific changes to the draft ESSA plan can be found here.

Stakeholder Engagement

For the past year, NYSED has engaged diverse groups of stakeholders to solicit recommendations on how to craft an ESSA plan that best meets the needs of the state’s students, schools and communities. In support of these efforts, NYSED established an ESSA Think Tank with representatives from more than 100 organizations, including district leaders, teachers, parents, and community members. The Department also consulted with national education experts regarding ESSA, including Linda Darling-Hammond (Learning Policy Institute) and Scott F. Marion (National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment).

In addition, NYSED held more than 120 fall and winter regional in-person meetings across the state in coordination with the state’s 37 Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and the superintendents of the state’s five largest City School Districts, which were attended by more than 4,000 students, parents, teachers, school and district leaders, school board members, and other stakeholders.

Next Steps

The plan will next be submitted to the governor, who has 30 days to review the plan. Following the governor’s review, the Board will be asked at its September meeting to take action to approve the ESSA plan so that on September 18, 2017 the State Education Department can submit the plan to the USDE for review and approval. After the plan is approved by the USDE, the Department will work with BOCES District superintendents, superintendents, the ESSA Think Tank and other stakeholder groups to develop and provide guidance on implementing the ESSA plan. Further, NYSED is developing summary documents for parents and teachers to explain the changes in the ESSA plan.

Visit EngageNY.org
Follow the Commissioner on Twitter: @NYSEDNews(link is external)
New York State Board of Regents
The State Education Department / The University of the State of New York / Albany, NY 12234
Office of Communications / (518) 474-1201

For More Information Contact:
Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie
(518) 474-1201
www.nysed.gov

2017 Regional Workshop: Trustees in the Know

Register Online Today! 

2017 Regional Workshop: Trustees in the Know
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Plainview-Old Bethpage Library,
999 Old Country Road, Plainview NY 11803

9:00 – 2:30 One-hour presentations with optional 15 minute Q&A

Program:

9:00 Registration and Coffee, Opening remarks at 9:45

10:00-11:00   Cybersecurity for Libraries – What must trustees do to ensure patron privacy and protection?

Presenter: Rob Caluori, Director of Information Technology, Westchester Library System

The Internet is fraught with threats to personal privacy from eavesdroppers, hackers, greedy vendors, and greedier advertisers. The presenter will define the online risks for library patrons and explore the library’s responsibility to protect personal information.  The presenter will clarify the issue of net neutrality and focus on the impact to libraries of the challenges and changes to net neutrality.

Rob Caluori is the Director of Information Technology at Westchester Library System.  He has a MS from Pace University in Information Systems, a CAS from Long Island University in Library Administration, and is currently a student at SUNY Albany, completing an MS in Information Science.

11:15-12:15 Due Diligence: Trustee Liability, Policy & Pitfalls

Presenter Joe Eisner, Retired library program director and chair of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library Board

Do trustees have adequate knowledge of existing laws, regulations and opinions to execute their responsibilities? How do newly enacted laws affect library operations and budgetary requirements? “Ask Joe” by submitting specific questions in advance to

Joe is a retired public library director and current chair of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library Board. He is the compiler of the Handbook of Library Laws and Regulations in New York State. Although not an attorney, Joe is considered an expert on the use of library facilities by outside groups, relations with municipal funding officials, personnel matters, and library policy. “Ask Joe” is a monthly feature of the LTA website.

12:30 : Lunch and Remarks

1:15 – 2:15 : Envisioning Library Spaces :Making Better Use of the Space You Already Have

Presenter: James D. Lothrop, AIA, FASID, Partner, Lothrop Associates LLP

What changes to existing facilities and furnishings will better serve existing patrons and encourage a greater number and more diverse population to use  library services. Visual examples will provide a backdrop of possibilities to respond to community expectations in developing library five-year plans and construction grant submissions.

Jim Lothrop is a Registered Architect and Certified Interior Designer.   With over forty years experience, Jim oversees and maintains quality design standards as Design Partner in Lothrop Associates. Jim is a Fellow with the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID). His leadership in design ranges across a wide variety of project types for library clients. He has served on the ASID National Board of Directors, was past president of the ASID New York Metro Chapter, and Co-Chair of the National Industry Advisory Council.

Check out the Vestal Public Library

20 Vestal Parkway East | Vestal, NY 13850 United States |  1-607-754-4243

The Vestal Public Library, founded in 1947, serves an area of more than 26,000 residents. Our library has more than 156,000 items in its collection, over 19,800 registered borrowers, and an annual circulation of over 222,000. The library is a member of the Four County Library System and is located in Broome County near Binghamton, NY. The Vestal Public Library recently became a Public School District Library.

The library offers many activities for all ages LEAP Toddler is their storytime for ages 2-3. LEAP stands for Learning Enrichment and Play. Storytimes involve several stories, with music and a craft at the end.

  • Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead is a new program at the Vestal Library. It is intended for ages 3-7, and involves a short lesson on concepts relating to the project. Each session will include a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design or Math element to it. The sessions are different from each other, so children can register for both.

  • Mother Goose – ages 0-24 months – uses a variety of activities, including rhymes and songs to foster speech development, motor coordination and more!

  • Join the Youth Services Department for their Family Game Days!  Play board games, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.

  • Friends Yoga, chair yoga classes for adults

A Visit to Plainview-Old Bethpage Library

Plainview-Old Bethpage Library

We want to share some information about our sponsor for the next LTA  TITK (Trustees in the Know) session on August 12, 2017.

999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803

Library History

Plainview-Old Bethpage welcome sign

The Plainview Library opened its doors on January 7, 1956 in the Jamaica Avenue School. In 1957, the Library relocated to rented space in the Morton Village Shopping Center. It remained in the Morton Village Shopping Center until the current building opened in 1963. In March of 1966, the library’s charter was amended and its named changed to the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library to accurately reflect the one school district and two communities the Library serves.

Plainview library - Lots of opportunities and an inviting look of the library

Plainview -Old Bethpage - Puppet theater created by the children for their puppet show- Curious George and friend

In 2005, the Library celebrated a building expansion which included a 236 seat auditorium and an expanded Family Center. With technological advances changing how we do almost everything, the Library continues to be the place to learn and to access information. Public computers, free WIFI, basic computer classes, CD’s and DVD’s, audiobooks, playaways, eBooks and eBook readers allow our community to keep up with new technology. The Library continues to be a community center, providing educational and entertainment programs for all ages and meeting room space for over 100 community groups.

Curious George and friend

In partnership with a vital community that values learning, the Library looks forward to meeting the challenges of the future with creativity and enthusiasm.

Gretchen Browne, director of the library shared “We have been designated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for the past 7 years and our Children’s Dept. (Family Center) is very innovative and pro-active. The Library provides monthly book discussion groups, cultural and educational lecture series, a Wednesday film, exercise classes and a wide array of other topical programs from tax assistance to cooking and art classes. -We are extremely proud of the work we do.”

The library is the site for the next LTA TITK (Trustees in the Know) session on August 12.

We hope you will join us in Plainview on August 12 for our next TITK -Trustees in the Know – session.