History of Livonia Public Library:

Celebrating Livinia Public Library 100 Year anniversary 1917-2017

Celebrating Livinia Public Library 100 Year anniversary 1917-2017

The Livonia Public Library serves the community as an educational and cultural center  providing free access to recreational, educational and informational materials and services in both print and non-print. We are members of the Pioneer Library System consisting of 42 member libraries in Livingston, Wyoming, Wayne and Ontario counties.The Gahnyhsas-Tecarnedoi Campfire Girls of Livonia pledged the first $25 for the founding of the Livonia Public Library in 1916. This year they celebrate their 100th anniversary in a big way by renovating their library.

Livonia Public Library - new building renovations

Livonia Public Library - new building renovations

Shared from Frank Sykes, Livonia Public Library Director:

After months of construction, the Livonia Public Library
opened its doors on Saturday, August 26! Celebrating
its 100th Anniversary, the new library is not simply a
building containing books, videos, and computers, but a
vibrant community hub in the truest sense. It is a place
that contains untapped ideas. Conversations not yet
had. Relationships not yet made. It is a library full of
opportunities and potential. The future of possibilities in
this building is only limited by our imaginations!

However, make no mistake about it, this library differs in
our traditional sense of a public library. Instead of a “no”
library: no eating, no drinking, no making noise. This is a “yes” library:

New Children’s section - Livonia Public Library

New Children’s section - Livonia Public Library

YES to eating and drinking. YES to playing and having fun. YES to talking and collaborating. YES to the full use of the library. Your new public library is open and every single person in our community is welcome through its doors!
Your new library has also redefined our approach to its overall mission.

 

As we strive to serve and improve our community everyday, we are doing it through developing relationships in and around our community. Whether it’s through a partnership with the ARC of Livingston County to acquire a
Healthy Habits vending machine, Your new library has also redefined our approach to its overall mission. As
we strive to serve and improve our community everyday, we are doing it through developing relationships in and around our community. Whether it’s through a partnership with the ARC of Livingston County to acquire a Healthy Habits vending machine,  or collaboration with the Livonia Central School District to host class visits, we are ALL moving forward, together.

Food and Beverage Center - Livonia Public Library

Food and Beverage Center - Livonia Public Library

This amazing library would not be possible without the
involvement of so many people in our amazing community. I would like to start with Livonia Town Supervisor Eric Gott and the Town Board. Without their unwavering support of this project, it would not have happened. Senator Cathy Young: her ability to secure state funds was critical to the project’s success. She has been and continues to be a great champion for libraries. To the Library Board of Trustees: their resolute support, clear vision, and
continuing determination brought this amazing library to our town.
Assemblyman Joe Errigo: for securing funds for the library
improvement project and years of being a great library supporter.
Village of Livonia Mayor Cal Lathan and the Village Board: their partnership and assistance in this project was vital. Town Board liaison to the Library, Angela Grouse: her perseverance, direction, and knowledge throughout this project were monumental.

 

Thank you to all the donors whose generous support kick-started the drive to close the funding gap. What you all have done for this library and our community will be felt for generations to come.
Library Board President, Mae Sharman: you have been the
energy and life of this project since day one. Your determination and resolve is absolutely amazing. We all owe you our gratitude.

Prepping the new addition -- Livonia Public Library

Prepping the new addition -- Livonia Public Library

The Friends of the Livonia Public Library: as a result of their hard work and dedication, were able to sponsor the Friends’ Alcove, children’s library furniture, donor wall, Reading Patio, green wall, and numerous other purchases throughout the years.

 

Message from the President of the Library Board of Trustees……….

It has been an exciting year, with the
Livonia Public Library Improvement Project
in full swing. Weather was on our side and
enabled us to proceed on schedule through
the winter doing groundwork and building
the framework.
This endeavor is truly a community-wide
project which will enhance vital services to
all patrons. The dedication and community
support we received from various groups,
individuals, to support from the Town and
Village Board, the Library Board of Trustees
and the Friends of the Livonia Library, Inc,
has been overwhelming and we are very
appreciative. Livonia certainly loves its
library!
Our Library provides free access to
computers, WiFi, books, audios, e-books,
reference materials, magazines, delivery of
library materials to homebound patrons,
children’s story times and Makerspace
STEAM after-school programs for kids and
teens.
Director Frank Sykes continues to introduce
cutting edge technology and is committed
along with the staff to deliver the best
service to all who enter the doors of the
Library. His dedication and commitment has
made the Library a community meeting
place. Our goal is to build on what we have
and challenge ourselves to provide more
services and programs when the Project is
completed.
On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees,
we excitedly look forward to 2018!

 

Mae Sharman
President
Livonia Library
Board of Trustees

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.