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.

Binghamton TITK Highlights

Registration & Welcome Table

Presenter Duane Shoen, CPA

A standing room only Trustee regional institute was held in Binghamton on May 6.  Ninety trustees and staff from ten public library systems attended Trustees in the Know to hear presentations on library spaces, financial reports and board/staff relationships and employment liability.  Sounds dry?  Anything but.  Our presenters offered lively and informative discussions, answered specific questions, and provided excellent handouts (to be found at “Binghamton Trustees in the Know”) for further study.

Presenters Carrie J. Pollak, Esq, (left) & Whitney Kummerow Esq. (right) with LTA Director Jean Curie (center)

Partners from the L2 Studio Architecture firm suggested some very helpful and detailed ways to plan major changes or renovations to your library.  Using their ideas as a checklist will mean you do not forget important issues that could lead to an oops in the middle of a project!

Duane Shoen, CPA

Duane Shoen, a CPA from Insero & Co. provided information on the kinds of financial reports you should expect and be responsible for as a library trustee for your type of library.  He also noted the new standards for nonprofits from the Financial Accounting Standards Board as well as the NYS Revitalization Act.

Attendees Networking

After a great lunch from the Old World Deli (a fixture in Binghamton!), Carrie Pollak, Esq. from Hancock Estabrook, gave us information in words we could understand, the duties of a board member especially as they relate to finances, conflicts of interest, and the relationship of the board and the director – noses in, fingers out!

Presenters from L2 Studio: Corey Layton Bob Costello, & Mick Lombardini

Whitney Kummerow, Esq. also from Hancock Estabrook offered practical and useful information on how libraries should comply with current labor and employment laws.  Her list of the information and documentation that a library should have related to employment is another extremely useful checklist.

Attendees "Deep in Thought" as they Watch Presentation

LTA thanks the three public library sponsors, Four County, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier Library Systems for their help and support and also Broome County Public Library for hosting this very successful trustee training.

Cassie Guthrie (right) -- Representing New Yorkers for Better Libraries

Trustees in the Know: Binghamton

A day to Learn, Participate and Renew for Library Trustees and Directors

Sponsored by the Four County Library System, the Southern Tier Library System, the Finger Lakes Library System and the Library Trustees Association

Hosted by the Four County Library System at the Broome County Public Library
185 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
Saturday, May 6, 2017• 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Registration Deadline – April 28, 2017
Sorry.  Registration has closed for this event.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Gavin, Executive Director at tgavin@librarytrustees.org or 518-445-9505

Join fellow trustees and library staff to get a better understanding of these important topics:

9:30 Registration and coffee


Presented by: Bob Costello, Corey Layton & Mick Lombardini of L2 Studios
For detailed bios of each of the presenters, please click here.

Bob Costello (L2 Studios)

Mick Lombardini (L2 Studios)

Corey Layton (L2 Studios)


Presented by: Duane Shoen, CPA

Duane Shoen, CPA from Ciaschi,

Dietershagen, Little & Michelson in Ithaca, covering budgets and what information library boards should receive in regular financial reports and any potential red flags.

Duane Shoen is a partner in the accounting firm of Insero & Co, CPAs, LLP. Duane and the firm provide services to many non-profit agencies and governments in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central New York. Duane joined the firm in 1995, and has been a partner since 2000. Insero is the successor company to Ciaschi Dietershagen, Little and Mickelson

12:30 Lunch


Presented by: Carrie J. Pollak and Whitney Kummerow

Carrie J. Pollak is counsel in the Corporate, Real Estate, Tax and Health Care Practices. Her legal practice concentrates in the area of corporate governance. Ms. Pollak regularly advises long term health care providers, companies and other tax-exempt organizations on diverse legal issues, including formations, taxation and tax exempt issues, corporate governance, corporate restructurings, regulatory matters, and a variety of commercial ventures, contracts and transactions. She also regularly advises real estate developers on all stages of development, including contract negotiation and drafting, financing, leasing, buying and selling, real estate syndications, as well as wetlands mitigation, conservation and preservation.

She has represented clients before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Wildlife Service; as well as the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Department of Taxation and Finance, Affordable Housing Corporation, and the Department of Environmental Protection. (Read Full Bio Here)

Whitney Kummerow

Whitney M. Kummerow is an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice and Startup & Emerging Business Practice. She represents and counsels employers in various aspects of labor and employment law.

As a member of the Startup & Emerging Business Practice, Ms. Kummerow also counsels entrepreneurs on various issues, including best hiring practices,employee handbook and policy creation, and initial wage and hour compliance for new businesses. (Read Full Bio Here) 

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NEW Recognition program - STAR

Thank you to all of you who renewed in 2016!  Your support made a huge difference.  But we need everyone’s help.  

Every new year is more important than the last for New York State Libraries, because now is the only time we can all do something to strengthen them. The 756 libraries and 23 systems in our state need your best efforts as trustees to succeed as one of the linchpins of our communities.


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LTA is the only organization dedicated to supporting the work of library trustees. Through education, support materials, resources provided through our website, and opportunities to speak peer to peer,  LTA enables your community to be better served..

Connecting:. . . .

LTA brings trustees together from all around the state to our events, from Suffolk to St. Lawrence, and Columbia to Chautauqua, where we discuss the concerns of the smallest association libraries to the largest municipals.  We also connect with other organizations, legislators, and educational providers and try to do the same for you and your local libraries.

Advovcay Day 2016 - The Well


  • Unifies the voices of all NYS libraries into a powerful call to action to our state legislators
  • Strengthens local advocacy efforts within your own communities



Velma K. Moore Award Winner 2016 -Sam Patton


  • Highlights the work of exceptional trustees and friends of our libraries
  • Showcases systems and libraries around the state





Trustee Institute 2016 Plattsburgh - Terry Kirchner presenting Inside & Outside of Evaluations


  • provides new trustees with opportunities for free seminars
  • educates seasoned trustees with monthly emails updates and resources
  • supports resources like our regularly updated website and policy database



Trustees In The Know - Richmond Memorial Library August 2016

That is our mission: connecting through advocacy, recognition, and education, and part of how we C.A.R.E.

Although we had tremendous momentum this year, with you we can accomplish even more. Our goal is to reach 450 member libraries in 2017. which is 50 more libraries than were members in 2016.

Today we invite you to please consider joining your library in LTA. Considering the guidance needed in addressing library concerns, there may not be a more significant time for your participation to allow for the united effort of LTA.



LTA Goes to NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs

Is the NYLA Conference on your radar screen? Registration is still open on the NYLA website for the Annual Conference, November 2-5, in Saratoga Springs.

Trustees and professionals are often tasked with envisioning and defining libraries of the future. What skill set equips you to tackle this challenge? Trustees and professionals will come away from the LTA-sponsored workshop, Can You LEARN to Be a Visionary?,  with strategies to begin the process.

Dr. Terry Kirchner, Director of the Westchester Library System will help trustees and professionals create a meaningful vision statement and incorporate current and future trends into their mindset.

LTA works closely with the Friends of the Libraries Section to co-sponsor three workshops that highlight successful library initiatives: Friends Grow Friends Online, Book Sale Bonanza, and Friends of Libraries Showcase.

LTA is a co-sponsor of several other program sessions:

  • Q& A with Commissioner Elia
  • Libraries as Social Service Centers
  • Programming with Little (or No) Staff
  • Ready-to Read at New York Libraries
  • Friends of Academic Libraries

Hope to see you there.

LTA & Nioga Library System presented Trustees in the Know, at Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY.

Trustees Learned, Connected and Participated

Productive Meetings
We all need them by Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director Pioneer Library System

A Financial Primer
Trustees fiscal & legal responsibilities and external & internal audits by Brie Harrison, Finance Director, Monroe County Library System

You’re Invited! “Trustees in the Know” by LTA & Nioga Library System

Registration Deadline: August 5  Registration Form

LTA is honored to partner with the Nioga Library System to continue the dialogue begun at the May LTA Institute at Plattsburgh.

Trustees in the Know
An evening to Learn, Participate and Recharge for Library Trustees and Directors
Sponsored by the Library Trustees Association & the Nioga Library System

Funding is provided by LTA & Nioga Library System — open invitation to all trustees and directors. The event is hosted by the Richmond Memorial Library.

Hosted by:
Richmond Memorial Library
19 Ross Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Wednesday, August 10, 2016   4:00 – 8:00 PM

Join us to for two presentations:

  • Productive Meetings We All Need Them, by Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director, Pioneer Library System
  • A Financial Primer – Trustees Fiscal & Legal Responsibilities and External & Internal Audits, by Brie Harrison, Finance Director, Monroe County Library System
Program specifics and presenter bios are below . . .

Program Schedule:
4:00 – 4:15 Registration
4:15 – 5:30 Productive Meetings
5:30 – 6:30 Light Supper and Networking
6:30 – 7:45 A Financial Primer

What can library trustees do between monthly board meetings to enhance their knowledge of library services and legal and fiduciary responsibilities?

Just as libraries reflect and respond to their communities, LTA is committed to addressing specific trustee education needs through additional regional offerings.

RSVP by August 5  Registration Form  (preferred)
or send an e-mail to: intheknow@librarytrustees.org (include name, position/title, library, system, and note if you are an LTA member)

We hope trustees will take advantage of this opportunity,and use it as a mechanism to shape public library services throughout the region.

Presentation Details

First Presentation: Productive Board Meetings

The most effective boards focus their time and energy on the few issues that make the biggest impact on the future of their library. To do this, boards need to use their limited meeting time as productively as possible. In this presentation, Ron Kirsop, Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System, will talk about meeting preparation, common meeting difficulties, and other topics that can help improve the effectiveness of your monthly meetings.

Ron Kirsop is the Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System, a cooperative system in western New York serving 42 small and rural libraries. His focus is in user experience , customer service, strategic planning, and human resources.

Second Presentation: A Financial Primer

Overview of best practices for Boards with respect to budgeting, investments and expenses.  Guidelines on thresholds for financial reviews, audits and recent NYS Comptroller’s recommended actions from procedural audits.

Brie Harrison is the Finance Director for the Monroe County Library System (MCLS) and Rochester Public Library, overseeing $20 million in annual operating and capital budgets as well as $3.5 million in endowment (trust) investments.  She has provided prior training and support to the MCLS and Pioneer Library System in the areas of facilities management, cash handling, auditing and procurement standards.




Both speakers bring a wealth of public library knowledge and general expertise to the table. Trustees will have an opportunity to ask questions. For more information about this event, please visit the www.librarytrustees.org. Online registration is also available through this link.

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Check the Membership Directory tab on the home page and Join or Renew if your membership for 2016 has not yet been completed.

Your membership contributions fund LTA programs throughout the year. We need you to do what we do.

Are you an LTA member? If yes, forms for The Certified Trustee Program will be available to record the event for CONTINUING EDUCATION credits.

Not sure? Check Membership and if not, please renew or join LTA today.

Please noteLTA is in the process of re-vamping it’s Continuing Education program, but any credits obtained for this event will be retained.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to intheknow@librarytrustees.org or call 518-445-9505.

Webinar with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (June 14): “What’s New in the Trustee Handbook?”

On Tuesday, June 14 from 10 am to 11 am, the New York State Library and the Library Trustees Association of New York State will offer a webinar by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich entitled, “What’s New in the Trustee Handbook?”

What you need to know now! Join co-author Rebekkah Smith Aldrich as she summarizes the highlights of what is new in the 2015 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. From regulatory issues that every board needs to be on top of to planning for the future, the new handbook supports the critical work of library trustees in the 21st century.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich is the co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State and author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State.  A frequent national presenter on topics ranging from the management and governance of public libraries to sustainable funding and public library facilities, Rebekkah has assisted public libraries of all types in New York since 1998. She has served the New York Library Association as a Councilor-at-Large, President of the Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) and as a long-time member of the Legislative Committee. Learn more about Rebekkah at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebekkahaldrich.

The primary audience for this webinar is trustees, but others are welcome to attend. The webinar will count as continuing education for New York State Public Librarian Certification.

The URL to register and join the trustee webinar session is https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=edffc85db9b048d4b74668521484b188d

Event password:  handbook16

Registration is required.

The pc requirements for WebEx are listed here:  https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/support/nfaqs?_iframe=/webex/v1.3/support/en_US/rn/system_rn.htm

To test your pc ahead of time you may run a test session at https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

The webinar will be archived on the State Library’s website at a future date. Please see http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/webinars/index.html for information on upcoming webinars and access to archived webinars.

If you have questions regarding this webinar please contact Amy Heebner, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at 518-474-4883 or Amy.Heebner@nysed.gov.


NYSL and LTA Offer June 2 Webinar: Building for Your Future: Public Library Renovation and Construction from Dream to Dedication

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[NYLINE] NYSL and LTA Offer June 2 Webinar: Building for Your Future: Public Library Renovation and Construction from Dream to Dedication

On Thursday, June 2 from 10 am to 11 am, the New York State Library and the Library Trustees Association of New York State will offer a webinar by Jerry Nichols entitled, "Building for Your Future: Public Library Renovation and Construction from Dream to Dedication."  With more than four decades of experience, Mr. Nichols has been involved in over 60 public library construction, expansion and renovation projects as a project manager, library director, library system director and building consultant.  This webinar will introduce trustees to the basics of team building, planning, design, politics, finance and construction.

Mr. Nichols is the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and retired Director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Past Chair of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, Mr. Nichols is also the author of the “Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, 2015 Edition” (http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/trustees/handbook/index.html).

The primary audience for this webinar is trustees, but others are welcome to attend. The webinar will count ascontinuing education for New York State Public Librarian Certification.

The URL for the trustee webinar session is https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3575175fd1a1df9df8ebf1cfa3e0352b

Event password:  trustees16

Registration is required.

The pc requirements for WebEx are listed here:


To test your pc ahead of time you may run a test session at https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

The webinar will be archived on the State Library's website at a future date. Please see http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/webinars/index.html for information on upcoming webinars and access to archived webinars.

If you have questions regarding this webinar please contact Amy Heebner, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at 518-474- 4883 or Amy.Heebner@nysed.gov

LTA 2016 Trustee Institute at Plattsburgh – May 6 & 7

Click Here to Register Now

Library Trustees Association’s 20th Annual Institute
City Hall
41 City Hall Place; Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Every Library is a Small Library; Practices in Planning Growth, Funding

Co-hosted by Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, North Country Library System, Northern New York Library Network, and the Southern Adirondack Library System.


“Every Library is a Small Library:  Practices in Planning, Growth, and Funding”

Large, small, rural, suburban or urban, libraries all have the same mission . . . to provide our communities with services they need, want, and expect. Sometimes it’s a tall order!

Join LTA as we explore activities that will help us with our planning, funding and growth to meet the expectations of our communities. As you become a more informed trustee, your horizons expand and your library benefits.

Book your room now: 
Special Rates for Hotel Accommodations Available
Comfort Inn
411 Route 3, Plattsburgh, NY, 12901
Phone: 518-562-2730 (Block Code: LTA)

The Annual Library Trustees Association Institute will be traveling North this year to the historic city of Plattsburgh. On May 6 and 7, travel straight up one of the most scenic highways in the country or wind your way through the highest peaks in the state to join us at the historic, renovated city hall.

This year we celebrate the idea that every library is a small library. Every library is the heart of its community — and every library has, at its roots, the same need to plan and grow and get fiscal and social support from its community to succeed at its mission.

LTA’s Institute gives trustees from various parts of the state a unique chance to: experience top tier programs and presenters; network, and learn from one another. This Institute will invigorate and inspire through the sharing of innovative ideas and by connecting you with trustees from your region and beyond.

To view a presenter’s full bio, click on their photo, or click on the following link: Presenter Photos & Bios 

Friday Events, May 6

3:00 – 5:00 pm
General Registration and Raffles

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Appetizers, Authors & Discoveries Fair
For the first time, LTA will be hosting a group of local authors, who will be available during the cocktail hour for book signing and discussions. Engage with three New York State authors, exhibits, and vendors. Also: Cocktails (cash bar), raffles, and hors d’oeurves.

Institute Author Panel (May 6)

Cynthia G. Neale Richard Frost Richard Frost

Click on the images above to learn more about the authors.

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Welcome Dinner, Author Panel & Awards

Bernard Margolis

  • Opening remarks by LTA President, Tish Fontanella and Host System Directors.  
  • Presentation of Outstanding Trustee and Outstanding Friend Awards. 
  • Author Panel: Three New York State Authors . . . Cynthia Neale, Richard Frost, and  Mark Barie will host a panel moderated by by LTA’s own author and Board Director, John McCarthy.  The authors will be sharing their experiences about self-publishing, libraries, e-books, how to discover inspiration, and other topics as part of a panel. The panel discussion will be followed by a Question & Answer session. 
  • Closing remarks presented by: Bernard Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and New York State Librarian.

Saturday Events, May 7

8:00 – 9:00 am
Continuing Registration and Executive Breakfast
(with a brief word from our sponsors)

9:00 – 10:15 am
Imagine. Engage. Succeed. (Part I)

Three programs will be presented during the morning, each of which will be presented twice before lunch. This will allow for the opportunity to attend two of the three presentations.

Dr. Terry Kirchner

Option One:
The Inside and Outside of Evaluations -

How they impact planning, growth and funding; and how to tie director and board evaluations with your library’s vision and long range planning in order to produce meaningful results.

Presented by: Dr. Terry Kirchner, Executive Director, Westchester Library System

Libby Post

Option Two: 
Positioning Your Library as an Essential Service

You may consider your library an essential service but does your community?  The workshop helps you unlock the secrets of developing a compelling brand and marketing campaign for your library.

Presented by: Libby Post, President of Communication Services


Option Three:  
Innovation and Funding

Innovative programming and funding ideas and keys to success.  A panel presentation by three North Country and Clinton-Essex-Franklin directors and librarians.

Krista Briggs

Dawn Myers

Canton Free Library — Krista Briggs, Teen Service Specialist
Keene Valley Library — Karen Glass, Director
Lowville Free Library — Dawn Myers, Director

10:15 – 10:45 am
Time to Connect
Coffee Break and time for networking.

10:45 – 12:00 pm
Imagine. Engage. Succeed. (Part II)
(Choice of Breakout Session)
A repeat of earlier breakout sessions — a chance to connect with one of the other presenters.

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Velma K. Moore Award Luncheon
A lunch will follow the morning programs at which time, The Velma K. Moore Award will be presented.

1:30 – 3:30 pm
General Session & Keynote Address

Part One (Keynote Address): The Role of

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Trustees in the Future of Sustainable Libraries: Strengthening New York’s Libraries through Awareness, Advocacy and Accountability 

Keynote speaker: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich — Co-Author of the New Trustee Handbook, head of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative, & Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System


Part Two: Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS): A Shared Framework for Trustee Education in New York State — (a tie-in to the keynote address):

Presented by:

Lisa Erickson, Communications, Advocacy and Outreach Consultant for the Nioga Library System & Grace Riario, MLIS, MPA, is the Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Lisa Erickson

Grace Riario

Description . . .

Part I:

From the influence of the NYS Property Tax Cap, to rapidly advancing technology; from an increasingly regulatory environment and shifting perceptions of what a library is and can be to wild weather patterns – libraries are faced with unprecedented rates of change and disruptive forces that make the job of a library trustee a challenge. Responsive governance of our libraries will chart the course for the future of New York’s public libraries. Join Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in Poughkeepsie NY & co-author of the 2015 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State for a look at the challenges and opportunities facing our libraries today and hear her take on the fundamental mindset shift that will be needed to strengthen your library for the future.


Rebekkah will also review new resources in the 2015 edition of the Trustee Handbook that will support you as you help lead your library forward into the future.


Part II:
Rebekkah will then be joined by Lisa Erickson and Grace Riario, two of her teammates on the Helping all Trustees Succeed (HATS) ILEAD Team, to provide you with an update on the creation of a public library trustee education framework for New York State. The team will provide an overview of their project and share the highlights of the new trustee education curriculum set to be deployed throughout New York via public library systems later this year.

Also this year . . .

A Basket Raffle showcasing interesting items from around New York State and PAC raffle. It’s a time to network with fellow trustees, discuss solutions for common issues and add to the framework you currently have as a Trustee serving a library in New York State.

Please join us!