North Merrick Public Library

North Merrick Logo - Celebrating 50 yearsThe North Merrick Public Library Board was given an “Outstanding Trustees Award”  by the Library Trustees Association of New York. The award was given at the Trustee Institute on Long Island sponsored by LTA in April.

The library offers these exciting opportunities:

Engage

In addition to providing you with reading and viewing resources, the library provides vehicles by which you may engage with others.


Display Your Artwork

A wall in the Reference Room has been designated as a space where artwork can be hung for display. Artists are encouraged to display their work and to provide a brief statement about the work being displayed and/or a biographical statement.

Contact our Public Relations Librarian for further information.


(Left to right: Tim Gavin, LTA Executive Director, Library Board President, Bill Pezzulo, Board VP, Marion Schurade, Library Director, Tom Witt, incoming Library Trustee, Kristin Frost, and Library Trustee, Dick Smith.).

The North Merrick Public Library Board was given an “Outstanding Trustees Award” today by the Library Trustees Association of New York. (Left to right: Tim Gavin, LTA Executive Director, Library Board President, Bill Pezzulo, Board VP, Marion Schurade, Library Director, Tom Witt, incoming Library Trustee, Kristin Frost, and Library Trustee, Dick Smith.).

Commune with Your Neighbors

The library offers many opportunities to commune with other members of the community. You may enjoy participating in a book discussion group, the monthly current events forum, or possibly the Friends of the Library.Details about how you might participate in these and other activities can be found on our online calendar and in our newsletter.


Attend Library Programs

The library offers a wide variety of programs that you may participate in. Programs that are offered include:Concerts, Cooking Demonstrations, Exercise Classes, Bus Trips,  and Driving Classes (that can lower your car insurance premium).


Reserve a Meeting Room

Meeting rooms may be reserved for times when the rooms are not already booked for library programs. Meeting rooms may be reserved for use by groups for educational, cultural, philanthropic, and civic purposes, and for nonpartisan political discussion programs. Meeting rooms shall not be available for commercial purposes. An application form to request a meeting room reservation can be accessed by contacting the library.


North Merrick orig photo

History

The first public library in the Merricks was founded in 1891 and consisted of about 50 books housed in a barn. The library was formally incorporated in 1897.

Although the Merrick Public Library was funded through tax dollars paid by the residents of Merrick, the library also offered its services initially for free to their neighbors in North Merrick. When the population of both Merrick and North Merrick grew substantially to eventually rival one another, the Merrick Public Library began to charge the residents of North Merrick a non-resident fee to use the library.

In response to the growing need for library services in the North Merrick community, the North Merrick Public Library was established by a community vote on November 21, 1964 and was granted a Provisional Charter on January 28, 1965.

The North Merrick Public Library initially opened as a storefront on December 5, 1965 at 1148 Merrick Avenue, and remained there for its first ten months. Then the newly formed library relocated to Meadowbrook School where it opened its doors on October 3, 1966.

The library celebrated its 50th year anniversary in 2016.

Merrick Library staff in 50 year celebration T-shirts holding a banner

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 an elected member of a school district  board of education simultaneously serve as elected member of the  school district public library?

 A. Yes. There is no incompatibility in such a situation: “One person may simultaneously serve as a member of a central school district board of education and as a trustee of a library created by that district” (1984 Op Atty Genl (Inf) 264). However, incompatibility of office would exist in the following situation: “A school district treasurer who ex officio acts as a treasurer of the school district public library may not at the same time occupy the office of trustee of such public library” (8 Op State Compt 414, 1960).

 Q. May a library board convene a “private meeting” at the home of a board member without public notice in order to discuss the performance of a staff member?

 A. No. Education Law s260-a mandates that boards of association and public libraries and library systems conduct all meetings in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Law (OML). There is no provision in the OML which permits a library board to hold a “private meeting”, although it may hold an executive session for any of the eight  reasons specified in Public Officers Law s105(1) (a-g), one of which permits board discussion of a staff member’s performance.

 Thus, any board meeting must be held in a public place, except if the existence of an emergency situation involving unavailability of a public place would prevent this. Additionally,  local media must be notified, and if the library maintains a web site, notice of the date, time and place of the proposed meeting must also be listed on the website.

 An executive session may be may be entered into after the board first convenes in public session. The agenda for executive session  as well as the aforementioned notifications should note that the purpose of the meeting is to enter into executive session. At the public meeting a motion should then be made to enter into executive session. The motion should include the phrase  “to discuss the performance of a particular staff member”. Use of wording or a phrase such as “to discuss a personnel matter” is impermissible.

 When the board concludes its discussion in executive session, a motion must be made to adjourn such session. If no vote (formal action)  was taken, the minutes of the executive session may indicate that “No formal action was taken“’ If a vote is taken in  executive session, minutes would be required, but need not be verbatim. Any formal action would best be recorded in the minutes of the  subsequent public meeting following the session, or in a public meeting properly convened in accordance with the OML’s requirements.

  1.  I am aware that it is desirable that for other than “Ask Joe” submissions  which will be used as a blog, there is a 450 word limit, so if the total of the above two answers is more than 450 words combined, I suggest not printing the first question  and answer, reserving its use for a future date. Obviously, I’m hoping that the second q and a is 450 words or less, but I haven’t counted the words.

  2. If it is at all possible, without creating an undue burden,  can the above material be reproduced as submitted, that is with the bolded or italicized material left that way?

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

 

After Hours Authors Group at LTA Institute

Linda Maria FrankLinda Maria Frank

Linda is a former teacher and author of The Annie Tillery Mysteries, a series of four books geared for younger readers. Presented as “Nancy Drew meets CSI”, Linda has been to numerous schools and libraries around Long Island not only to talk about her books but to conduct presentations on topics in forensic science. She also serves as the Event Chairperson for Long Island Authors Group.

She is the author of:
the Annie Tillery Mysteries
Produces ‘The Writer’s Dream’, her local access TV show (also seen on YouTube). Linda is active in Ll Sisters in Crime, Ll Children’s Writers and lllustrators, and
Mystery Writers of America.

PRESENTATIONS:
“DNA TECHNOLOGY” illustrates the technology’s use by criminologists.
“DNAAND FAMOUS MURDER CASES”outlines the use/misuses of DNA in high profile trials.
“THE LINDBERG KIDNAPPING” traces the evidence used in the eponymous case.
“SOLVING ANCIENT MYSTERIES” shows how forensics can solve mysteries of the past.
“PLANTS, POISONS AND PLOTS” discusses plant toxins and their use by mystery writers.
“ART, NOTART” explains how artwork is authenticated.
“THOSE CSI SHOWS, FACT OR FICTION?” critiques crime investigation on TV.

Website: www.Iindamariafrank.com
lmf217@hotmail.com 
51 6-798-0341


Dr. John KrahnDr. John Krahn

has nearly fifty years experience as a clergyman and has served as pastor of the largest Lutheran church in New York. He has published numerous books and is an accomplished speaker. His main themes concern attaining happiness at Life’s various stages and mechanisms to deal with Life’s challenges. He also serves as the Member Coordinator for Long Island Authors Group.

As a great storyteller, John uses humor and personal experiences to convene his important message, speaking to both head and heart. Those who attend his presentations not only find them enjoyable but in many cases life changing.

PRESENTATION:
Currently John offers his most popular presentation, ”LlVlNG A HAPPIER LIFE AT EVERY AGE”. John looks at both what erodes happiness as well as ways to increase
happiness. Sharing ways to tackle worry, hurts, and Life’s challenges, along with looking at ways to make a positive difference with one’s life, are just a few of the subjects of
this interesting presentation.

krahns@msn.com
631-242-A356


Roland AllnachRoland Allnach

Roland is a multi-award winning author of six books in various genres and numerous published short stories. He has appeared on national and local television, radio, and
has presented at art venues and libraries. He also currently serves as President of LIAG and Event Coordinator.

 

PRESENTATIONS:
Roland’s presentations are for those interested in publication or who have recently secured publication. Content is based on pragmatic approaches. Available
topics:
“PUBLISHING PRIMER: BEING AN AUTHOR AND STORY MECHANICS”,
”PUBLISH YOUR SHORT STORY”
“PUBLISH YOUR BOOK” (series of two presentations)
“MARKET YOUR BOOK”
“CRAFTING ALTERNATE REALITIES IN GENRE FICTION”

Website: www.rolandallnach.com
Contact email: fiction@rolandallnach.com


The 2018 LTA Institute in Review:

Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard Uniondale, New York 11553

Library as Community: Know Your Aspirations, Plan for the Future
Friday, April 27, 2018
Registration with Cash Bar & Reception
followed by Dinner.

Adria Ripka, LTA President welcomed all to the TI followed by remarks from: Jacquelyn Thresher, Nassau Library System, Kevin Verbesey, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

And a memorial tribute to Bernie Margolis, State Librarian

Nate Hill

Institute Kick-Off Speaker: Nate Hill,Executive Director,Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) shared:

How Trustees Can Facilitate Innovation

And the evening ended with an After Hours: Long Island Author Panel::
Roland Allnach, Linda Maria Frank, and John Krahn.


Day 2:  Saturday, April 28, 2018
Registration and Continental Breakfast

These great presenters for the following workshops:


 Workshop I - The Iron is HOT
Libraries as Innovative & Dynamic Community Catalysts

Presenter: Mary Ann Carolan, MLS,
Director of Cornw

all Public Library


Workshop II - Sustainable Thinking:
Leading Your Library Forward in Uncertain Times

Presenter: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System

 Workshop III - Getting to the Next Stage of Community Support
Getting the Most of Out Advocacy and Fund Raising
Presenter: Libby Post
President, Communication Services
Member of American Library Association Advocacy Committee


Tim Burke NYLA President Upper Hudson Library System

Tim Burke NYLA President Upper Hudson Library System

Buffet Lunch was shared and the Recognition of Velma K. Moore Award Recipient:  ( see photo in drive)

Luncheon Speaker: Tim Burke, NYLA President (see photo in drive)

 The Institute finished the day by offering a Wrap Up Session:  What’s Your “Take Away?” ( see photo in photo section in drive)

Tribute to Bernard A. Margolis

Bernie in Library

"Bernie was a librarian's librarian. I will miss his good humor, steadfastness and commitment to make the world a better place through libraries" - Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Bernard A. Margolis began serving as New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries in January 2009. Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Mr. Margolis administered the New York State Research Library and the Division of Library Development. In partnership with the state’s 73 public and school library systems, the State Library delivers library services to 19.5 million people served by New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries.

Benie Lookink at a book in the Lbrary - TImes Union

“Look at this building behind me,” he said. “It is the antidote. It is the medicine that we need. It is the light that brings knowledge to our children. It is the light that creates opportunities for people to aspire to things that they never thought they could achieve. It is the light that brings us together. That’s what this library stands for.” - Quote from Bernie

Mr. Margolis came to the State Library from his previous post as President of the Boston Public Library (BPL), Boston, Massachusetts, where he served from 1997 to 2008. The Boston Public Library is the oldest municipal public library in the country, with 27 neighborhood branches.

Bernie in front of Boston Public Library

“Bernie’s indomitable spirit will be sorely missed by all those who believe in the critical role that libraries play in their community." - Jeremy Johannson (NYLA)

His library experience includes management and executive positions in libraries and library systems in Colorado, Michigan and Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Boston, he served as Director/CEO of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs from 1988 to 1997.

Bernie in Library by the New York Times

“Bernie was an outstanding library leader and a visionary. … The library community will miss his intelligence, eloquence, keen sense of humor and sage advice.” - STATEMENT FROM BOARD OF REGENTS CHANCELLOR BETTY A. ROSA AND COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION MARYELLEN ELIA

Mr. Margolis’ service includes a number of positions within the American Library Association including service as an elected member of the governing Council, leadership in the Association of Research Libraries, service as a professional delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries, and service on the boards of library organizations in Massachusetts,Colorado, and Michigan.

 


“Bernie was a librarian’s librarian. We were privileged to have someone in the role of New York State Library who so deeply believed in the core values of librarianship. His compass was always set in the right direction on behalf of New Yorkers. His deep seated commitment to intellectual freedom, patron privacy, access and diversity are a legacy to be proud of. I will miss his good humor, steadfastness and commitment to make the world a better place through libraries.”

From Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

 


NYLA response:
The New York Library Association (NYLA) is saddened to note the passing of New York State Librarian, Bernard “Bernie” A. Margolis on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Mr. Margolis served as the New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries since January 2009. Mr. Margolis administered the New York State Research Library and the Division of Library Development. Working with New York State’s 73 public and school library systems, the State Library delivers library services to 19.5 million people served by New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries.


Prior to becoming the New York State Librarian, Mr. Margolis served as the president of the Boston Public Library for 11 years where he expanded library hours, expanded children’s library services to every branch, created the nationally recognized Homework Assistance Program and online tutoring program, among many other accomplishments.


Due in part to his tireless advocacy and leadership in support of libraries, during Mr. Margolis’ tenure as NYS Librarian, New York State Library Aid increased by over $17M, and funding for the Library Construction Aid program increased to an all-time high of $34M.


“The library community has lost a stalwart champion,” commented Executive Director of the NY Library Association Jeremy Johannesen, who continued, “Bernie’s indominable spirit will be sorely missed by all those who believe in the critical role that libraries play in their community. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Amanda.”
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to your local library.


STATEMENT FROM BOARD OF REGENTS CHANCELLOR BETTY A. ROSA AND COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION MARYELLEN ELIA ON THE PASSING OF NEW YORK STATE LIBRARIAN BERNARD A. MARGOLIS:


“We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries.


“Bernie was an outstanding library leader and a visionary. His expertise in library matters will be missed not only by the Board of Regents and the staff of the State Education Department, but across the State and the nation. His colleagues and friends at the Department and in the library community will miss his intelligence, eloquence, keen sense of humor and sage advice.


“Appointed State Librarian by the Board of Regents in January 2009, Bernie provided leadership and vision for the New York State Library, the state’s 73 library systems and New York’s 7,000 academic, public, school and special libraries.


“Bernie was very much looking forward to celebrating the State Library’s 200th Anniversary this month. Thanks to his vision and leadership, we have much to celebrate.


“Bernie accomplished much over the course of a long and successful career as a librarian and library leader. During his tenure at the New York State Library, state funding for public library construction more than doubled; participation in Summer Reading at New York Libraries grew to more than two million young people; and free public access internet and Wi-Fi are now available to patrons in all of New York’s public libraries. Of course, those are only some of the highlights of his exceptional tenure as New York State Librarian.


“Bernie came to the State Library from his previous post as President of the Boston Public Library, where he served from 1997 to 2008.


“We are so fortunate that Bernie chose to share with the public his lifelong love of books and learning. We are all better off because of his dedication and service to others.


PULISDO member

 

A native of Kew Gardens Hills, Bernie joined us last September in celebrating the official re-opening of our branch there following a major expansion and renovation.   Standing before a large crowd gathered outside the branch, he spoke passionately about the crucial role of public libraries in our society during an era of great uncertainty and change.

 

“Look at this building behind me,” he said. “It is the antidote. It is the medicine that we need. It is the light that brings knowledge to our children. It is the light that creates opportunities for people to aspire to things that they never thought they could achieve. It is the light that brings us together. That’s what this library stands for.”

 

Nick Buron

Chief Librarian, Queens Library”

2018 LTA Institute – Long Island

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Marriott Hotel
Uniondale, Long Island

Library as Community: Know Your Aspirations, Plan for the Future

Two-Day Registration:
$195 LTA Members
$265 Non-Members

One-Day Registration:

Friday, April 27, 2018

$85 LTA Members
$120 Non-Members

Saturday, April 28, 2018

$110 LTA Members
$145 Non-Members


3:00 Registration

Appointments with Joe Eisner  – available through registration

4:30-6:15

Library Features and Future Fair
Cash Bar & Reception

6:30 Buffet Dinner

Welcome:
Adria Ripka, LTA President
Jacquelyn Thresher, Nassau Library System
Kevin Verbesey, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Other System Directors

Other introductions: Corporate Sponsors

Bernie Margolis, 5 minute welcome

Awards to Outstanding Trustee & Outstanding Friend of Library

Institute Kick-Off Speaker:
Nate Hill, How Trustees Can Facilitate Innovation
Executive Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

After Hours: Long Island Author Panel:
John McCarthy, LTA Director & Author Coordinator

Saturday, April 28, 2018


8:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15-10:30

Workshop I
The Iron is HOT – Libraries as Innovative & Dynamic Community Catalysts
Presenter: Mary Lou Carolan,
MLS, Director of Cornwall Public Library

Workshop II
Sustainable Thinking: Leading Your Library Forward in Uncertain Times
Presenter: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System

Workshop III

Getting to the Next Stage of Community Support—Getting the Most of Out Advocacy and Fund Raising
Presenter: Libby Post, Title
President, Communication Services, Member of American Library Association Advocacy Committee

10:30-10:45

Coffee Break

10:45-12 noon:

Workshops

12:00

Lunch
Recognition of Velma K. Moore Award
Speaker: Tim Burke, NYLA President

Wrap Up: Workshop Presenters: What’s Your “Take Away?”

 

REGISTER NOW

 

 

Consider joining us for NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Their efforts have resulted in over $11M in additional library aid since 2011.

To get the basics, including information on security, hotels, and directions click here!

Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12207

December 2017 LTA Minutes

Library Trustees Association of New York
Hampton Inn, Albany, NY

Meeting Minutes

Friday, December 1, 2017 to Saturday, December 2, 2017

Directors Present: Adria Ripka, Martha Anderson, Jean Currie, George Wolf, John McCarthy, Edris Scherer, Bola Majekodunmi, Timothy Gavin (Executive Director).

Excused Absence: Phil Archer, Susan Sabers Chapman, Mary Ellen Darling

Guests Present: None

Call to Order:

President Ripka called the meeting to order at 7:42 pm Friday December 1, 2016

Public Comment:

None

Approval of Minutes:

Moved by Wolf, seconded by Scherer to approve the minutes of 10-11 March 2017. Motion Passed.

President’s Report:

Ripka reported the following:

  •     Making an effort to get representation beyond her term from her region
  •     Working with Tim to handle timeliness of responses from board to the ED
  •     Verify with ED as to best method of contact
  •     Board members need to be more proactive on committee assignments
  •     Financial payouts will be made more monthly
  •     ED is requesting additional amount to hire Assistant for lower level tasks
  •     Gavin requested a more informal and frequent feedback process to prepare for annual review, and requested that feedback is shared dire
  •     Ripka suggested we renew the current contract with ED

Nominations for Officers and Renewal of Terms

  •     McCarthy ended his term
  •     Jean Currie was renewed for another term
  •     Phil Archer was renewed for a second term
  •     Martha Anderson was renewed for a third term
  •     Moved by Wolf, seconded by Majekodunmi, motion was passed
  •     McCarthy was appointed by Ripka as recording secretary
  •     Slate of officers was proposed as such
  •     President: Adria Ripka
  •     Vice-Persident: Martha Anderson
  •     Treasurer: Bola Majekodunmi
  •     Secretary: Mary Ellen Darling
  •     Moved by Wolf, seconded by Majekodunmi, motion was passed

TI 2018 Report and Discussion,

Anderson reported the following

  •     Suggested a structure for the TI, Friday evening and Saturday morning/afternoon
  •     Tim Burke as keynote on Friday night
  •     Two workshop periods Saturday AM, Lunch then awards, Regent, keynote
  •     Discussion of how to best use Joe Eisner in the program
  •     Currie suggested a panel as opposed to a single keynote on Saturday
  •     Anderson estimated food costs at $160, plus $15 for a break.
  •     Block room rate is $157 plus tax
  •     Anderson wants to keep the number under $200
  •     Westchester will promote the event internally
  •     Gavin will make an effort to get NYC systems as sponsors
  •     Anderson said the local system directors wanted educational experiences beyond what the systems offer.
  •     We may or may not have an author panel, but inviting authors is considered
  •     May change how we do gift basket fundraiser
  •     Fee for the conference will be $250 for members and $275 for nonmembers
  •     Forward thinking is the theme (staying relevant)
  •     Dates are April 27 and 28, 2018

The Board recessed at 9:45 pm until Saturday.

The Board reconvened at  11.22 a.m. on Saturday, 2 December, 2018

New Business:

  •     2018 meeting dates:
  •     January 13th, 9-10:30 Teleconference
  •     March 2-3, Albany
  •     Institute April, 27-28, Long Island
  •     June 15-16, Albany
  •     September 7-8, Albany
  •     November 30 – December 1, Albany
  •     Advocacy Day 2018, February 28

Executive Director’s Report:

Gavin reported the following:

  •     Gavin will be taking vacation last week of January into early February
  •     Diane Coyne from Suffolk is being sought for board membership
  •     A trustee from SALS is being considered as well
  •     Nioga library system has registered their entire system as LTA members
  •     Mid York system will be registering for 2017 and 18
  •     Archer could use some assistance on sponsorships
  •     Monday and Tuesday nights are best to contact ED, Saturday mornings also
  •     Mary Jean from Buffalo would like us to come out to their annual meeting in February to do any presentation we would like
  •     We received the DLD data from the annual reports
  •     Trustee Handbook will be reprinted in January after adding missing information.
  •     Survey of new Minimum Standards will be coming out soon

Committee Reports:

Awards:
  •     The traditional awards will be given at the TI this year
  •     Requests for nominations will be sent out
Finance:

Majekodunmi noted the following

  •     Changes in reporting were discussed in committee and will be made going forward
  •     2016 budget will be made into Actual numbers
  •     P&L format will be restructured
  •     Gavin is requesting $1000 to hire someone for clerical tasks. Discussion centered on how to structure this.
  •     Minor adjustments to proposed budget from committee were discussed
  •     Majekodunmi moved to approve the proposed 2018 budget, Wolf seconded, motion approved unanimously.
Membership:

McCarthy noted the following:

  •     Invoices will be going out soon for 2018
  •     A phone script is in development
  •     Blog post is up online to remind people about membership
Communications:
  •     Facebook hits are increasing
  •     January newsletter will include TI information
  •     Gavin noted Darling’s strong efforts

Old Business:

Annual Plan Progress
  •     McCarthy will inquire about other meeting space options.

There being no other business of the board to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Wolf at 1:31 . Motion passed.

Submitted by John McCarthy, Recording Secretary.