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

Meeting Minutes Friday, March 10, 2017 to Saturday, March 11, 201

DRAFT

March 10, 2017 to March 11, 2017

Directors

Present:Adria Ripka, Martha Anderson, Jean Currie, George Wolf, John McCarthy, Edris Scherer, Mary Ellen Darling, Timothy Gavin (Executive Director).

Excused Absence: Bola Majekodunmi, Phil Archer, Susan Sabers Chapman

Guests Present: None

Call to Order:

President Ripka called the meeting to order at 7:45 pm Friday November 11, 2016

Public Comment:

None

Approval of Minutes:

Moved by Wolf, seconded by Anderson to approve the minutes of 16 January 2017. Motion Passed.

President’s Report:

Ripka reported the following:
Because of the fewer number we will be doing committee work together

Executive Director’s Report:

Need to get Brooklyn and Queens aware of LI events
Gavin will break up list of systems to be contacted
Binghamton is good target because of low membership and upcoming event
Advocacy day: Spirits were down because of lack of sense of efficacy
Minimum standards proposal tells us we need to be more proactive with library partners to briefed before items affecting our member trustees issues are released. Collaboration and communication always make a path towards a successful outcome more likely.

Action Item 1: Resolution on HATS

The Helping All Trustees Succeed curriculum has been endorsed by PULISDO and NYLA. The HATS team, especially given LTA’s long-time support would like LTA formally endorse it as well.

Anderson, Gavin, and Currie noted that strict endorsement within systems has been sporadic.

A motion was made to endorse the HATS training curriculum and promote its use across the state.

Currie moved and Wolf seconded. Motion carried.

The Board recessed at 8:57 pm until Saturday.
The Board reconvened at 9:01 a.m. on Saturday, 11 March 2017

Minimum Standards Changes

Gavin requests that the board review the changes in minimum standards. Asserted that increased standards may not be feasible given that many do not meet current standards. Also there is noted disheartenment that LTA was not put in the loop on the proposed changes prior to distribution.

Darling expressed concerns that stricter standards would make the job harder for libraries and trustees.

Old Business:

2017 Upcoming Meeting dates as follows:

April 22 – Phone conference 10:30 (new on schedule)
June 9-10 Planning Meeting
September 15-16 Albany
December 1-2 Albany

Binghamton 2017 TITK Currie reported the following

May 6 Broome County Public Library
Listed on our website
3 sessions 1h 15m each
Topics include Kinds of Reports and Red Flags boards should be looking for, Conflicts of Interest and Separation of Powers, Impact of New Labor Laws, Rethinking Spaces in Your Library to Increase Efficiency
Lunch provided by Old World Deli
Some systems will be offering scholarships
Currie asked if we should include recognition from the STAR program. Tim mentioned that the public recognition component was considered to be one of the most important parts.

Gavin suggested networking opportunities were considered valuable. Particularly successful ideas from Batavia’s TITK were discussed.
Concern was expressed about sufficient room size if attendance exceeds expectations.

Long Island TITK

August 12 Plainview-Old Bethpage library
Gavin contacted Jackie Thresher ED for Nassau system who is on board and enthusiastic

Joe Eisner will be presenting on due diligence
Anderson suggested that 3 presentations was a reasonable number, was concerned about the time of year causing low attendance
Gavin said next step is to get interested parties on conference call
Anderson said Audits and Efficient Use of space were good topic ideas
Gavin suggested Legal topics were good too
Scherer mentioned Security on the Internet as a potential subject, as well as open meetings law

Committee Reports:

Membership:

McCarthy and Gavin noted the following:
Everyone will do their own and:
Jean will take care of 4 County
Susan: Chautauqua, Cattaraugus & Nioga
Edris: Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester
Martha, Suffolk
Adria, North Country
Mary Ellen, Clinton-Essex-Franklin
Invoices are in one file but can be extracted for individual libraries
Personal contact is very important

Communications:

Darling reported
Puts forward something on Facebook at least once a week
Tim said we could pay to increase viewership for individual items
Edris suggested using the events functions for Facebook for regionals

Finance:

Nothing to report, Committee needs to meet (virtually) with Treasurer

New Business:

Anderson suggested we discuss issues important to libraries
Tim wanted to know about sense of optimism
Currie said her experience is that her local libraries are seeing much greater usage

Scherer said that E-rate funding system changes may bring much more money to libraries, filtering requirements have changed to protect privacy
Currie said broadband access for rural libraries is of concern still
Evaluating Executive Directors is of concern

Gavin proposed that a concerted focus on efforts to get trustees to read handbook is important. The board gave consent.
Gavin pointed out that one of the new proposed standards requires all libraries to be members of good standing in the system in which they reside

There being no other business of the board to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Wolf and seconded by Scherer at 11:00 . Motion passed.

Submitted by John McCarthy

NYLA Annual Conference

November 8-11, 2017 — Saratoga Springs, New York
Visit nyla.org/conference for expanded conference information and registration

 

Some highlights of the LTA sponsored workshops:

*The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Library Director
Sponsor: LTA

You’ve read the Handbook for Library Trustees of NYS and taken advantage of local, state and online trustee training opportunities. What’s next?

Join Cassie Guthrie for a (mostly) light-hearted look at how what trustees do— and sometimes don’t do—impacts their library directors and vice versa.

Track: Administration & Leadership Speaker: Cassie Guthrie, Greece Public Library.

Warren Applegate, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library Hollis Seamon, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library

*Choose Your Local Resources for Successful Fundraisers
Sponsors: FLS / LTA

Two libraries discovered and used their unique local resources to create successful fundraisers in their communities and also found they could measure their accomplishments in unexpected ways.

Track: Administration & Leadership Speakers: Elly Dawson, Victor Farmington Library Warren Applegate, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library Hollis Seamon, Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library

 

Kitty Bressington, Friends of the Avon Free Library Anne Andrianos, Friends of Onondaga Free Library

*Bringing Friends Back From the Brink
Sponsors: FLS / LTA

Presenters represent a small library whose Friends group had been dormant for ten years, and a mid-sized library whose Friends group was adrift with no leadership. Presenters will discuss the value of incorporating a Friends group, where they turned for help, what documents are needed and how to complete them, how they worked with library administrators, where they find good leaders, and what they have been able to accomplish with great success since their groups came ‘back from the brink.’

Track: Administration & Leadership

Speakers:

Kitty Bressington, Friends of the Avon Free Library

Anne Andrianos, Friends of Onondaga Free Library

 

Courtney Darts, Pro Bono Partnership

*Best Practices for Management of Friends Boards
Sponsors: FLS / PLS, LTA

This discussion of nonprofit boards’ legal and fiduciary duties by the Pro Bono Partnership will help keep the Friends functioning effectively, using their charitable resources appropriately.  The Partnership’s Director of Education will update group leaders on recent changes to the New York State nonprofit laws so they can provide the best oversight they can.  Learn what documents should be kept in your ‘board book’, how technology can be used to conduct board business, and practical strategies for more effective board meetings.

 Track: Administration & Leadership

Speakers:

Courtney Darts, Pro Bono Partnership

 

Mary Ann Marrero, Friends of the Moffat Library Christine Frisbee, Friends of the Moffat Library Ruth Manyin, Friends of the Moffat Library Kelly Lynch-Moloney, Friends of the Moffat Library

*Friends & Trustees Building Community When Disaster Strikes
Sponsors: FLS / LTA, FFRPL

The speakers will follow the FLS annual membership meeting.  Hurricane Irene struck in 2011, leaving five feet of water in the basement, destroying the mechanicals of the library.  When mold set in, the library was forced to evacuate the building.  Friends of the Library, trustees, staff, and other community volunteers moved the collection to a donated location.  After a design was approved for the renovation, the Friends executed a successful “Get Out the Vote” campaign that approved a $6.9 million bond to rebuild the historic building.  An unexpected benefit was the outpouring of community support for the library, which the Friends leveraged into ongoing financial sponsorship. The Friends’ annual Meet the Authors Luncheon received additional support from contractors and other local businesses. The luncheon has attracted nationally-acclaimed authors and recently has raised over $3,000 annually.

 Track: Administration & Leadership

Speakers:

Mary Ann Marrero, Friends of the Moffat Library

Christine Frisbee, Friends of the Moffat Library

Ruth Manyin, Friends of the Moffat Library

Kelly Lynch-Moloney, Friends of the Moffat Library

 

*Friends Choose Their Own Leadership
Sponsors: FLS / LTA, FFRPL

After 20 years, the Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library had grown into a complex organization whose most recent Presidents were taxed to provide the level of leadership needed.  Things came to a head when no one was willing to assume the presidency.  Realizing that the issue was more than just who held office, the group decided to convene their first facilitated Futuring project to capture their activities and analyze ways the work could be divided.  The responsibilities still looked daunting even for two people.  Four well-defined areas emerged: finances including book sales, marketing and technology, coordination between the Friends and the library, and author events.  A four-person presidency, the Quad Leadership Team, was floated and piloted starting in December 2015.

 Track: Administration & Leadership

Speakers:

Wilma Jozwiak, Friends of the Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library

Ambika Sambasivan, Fruitfly Consulting

Sheila Morroni, Friends of the Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library

Kathy Adam Browne, Friends of the Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library

Meeting Minutes January 16, 2017

Directors Present:

Adria Ripka, Martha Anderson, George Wolf, John McCarthy, Phil Archer, Edris Scherer, Susan Chapman, Mary Ellen Darling,Timothy Gavin (Executive Director).

Call to Order:

President Ripka called the meeting to order at 10:04 am January 16, 2017

Approval of Minutes:

Moved by Wolf, seconded by Scherer to approve the minutes of November 2016. Motion Passed.

Treasurer’s Report:

Moved by Wolf, seconded by Archer to approve the Treasurer’s report. Motion Passed.
Gavin reported the following:
Revenue is $10K over expenditures; Fiscal restraint has paid off.
Membership is up dramatically, Buffalo/Erie is renewing for 3 years

President’s Report:

Ripka reported the following:

  • She is concerned about her availability for the next few months but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem
  • Committees will meet Friday nights after their initial reports to work.

Executive Director’s Report:

Gavin reported the following:

  • Administrative work is still a big time consumer, but the new graduate intern will help with this.
  • Online forms are coming for meetings and memberships.
  • Looking for presentation ideas for 2018 Institute in LI
  • Looking for website story ideas to send to Mary Ellen

Committee Reports:

Education:

Anderson noted the following:

  • Binhamton TITK progressing, Broome County Library May 6

Legislation:

March 1, 2017 is the next Legislative Action Day

  • $4 million increase from last year’s state budget for libraries may be stripped by Governor
  • NYLA is dealing with new leaders in legislature and may be harder to deal with.
  • All plans ready for LAD
  • Mary Ellen, Martha, Tim, and John plan on attending

Membership:

  • Tim will be preparing list of contacts
  • Let Tim know who you’ve contacted

Communications:

  • New Star program is listed in the newest newsletter
  • Mary Ellen is looking for feedback/testimonials re being an LTA member

Awards:

  • Star program up and running
  • Maybe do some recognition at TITK event
  • Can turn logo into pin
  • Martha- We already have a bunch of pins. May not have enough response to justify new pin order at this time.
  • Next library board meeting try to get your trustees to fill in form
  • Tim- A record of trustee training will be helpful and appreciated. At some point in the future it mayl be required.

Old Business:

2017 Meeting dates as follows:

  •  March 10-11 Albany
  • May 13 – Phone Conference
  • June 9-10 Planning Meeting
  • September 15-16 Albany
  • December 1-2 Albany

Tim- Let me know if there are any conflicts with any meeting dates.

Binghamton 2017 TITK

  • Martha – Some after action report should be released after event.
  • Adria will reserve room block at hotel
  • Registration 10-11:15
  • Catering 11:30 – 12:15
  • 3 sessions after lunch until 4

Long Island TITK

  • Director has been contacted and is excited, Date not yet determined – getting input.

 

New Business:

Development of Ad Hoc committees:

  • We should bring in local people to help with events
  • May help us find new LTA Directors

Legislative Updates

  • Brand new session (2 year cycle)
  • All old, unpassed legislation expires
  • NYLA monitors all library legislation
  • Not much to do until session starts and they start bringing in new legislation

There being no other business of the board to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Wolf and seconded by Archer. Motion passed.

Submitted by John McCarthy

New Health Literacy Toolkit

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and The American Library Association (ALA) have partnered through the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign to create a free toolkit for Health Literacy Month, which is observed in October.

NNLM and ALA’s partnership will equip library professionals with customizable tools to raise awareness of how libraries support health literacy in their communities. The toolkit will provide key messages, program ideas and downloadable marketing materials, including bookmark templates and social media graphics, for libraries to use as they promote health literacy in October and throughout the year. The wide-ranging array of health literacy topics covered include nutrition, aging, and chronic illness.

Website:  http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/health-literacy-toolkit-intro

Trustee Recognition: New STAR Program Begins

PURPOSE: LTA recognizes trustees who make the effort to educate themselves about libraries, library issues, and the responsibilities associated with the position of library trustee.

ELIGILBILITY: All LTA members are eligible for STAR. You will accrue credits as you

Participate, Advocate, Learn, and Serve. Earn credits though your involvement.

 ADMINISTRATION: Trustees are encouraged to maintain a personal record of all continuing education activities and service. As credits are submitted, LTA will maintain a record for each participant and review credits annually. STAR participants can record credits for the calendar year beginning January 2016.

 

Participate/Attend

Date

Credits

Advocate

Date

Credits

LTA Annual Institute

50

Attend Advocacy Day

25

 LTA Regional institute

25

Maintain regular contacts w/ Local & State Legislators

25

 NYLA Conference

25

Testify at Library Hearings

25

Library System Workshop

15

Other:___________

TBD

 

Learn

Date

Credits

Serve

Date

Credits

Library Webinar

15

Library Board Officer

25

Online Library Course

25

Library System

 Board Member

15

Other:______________

TBD

Speaker/Panelist at Local/County

 Library Event

25

 

Speaker/panelist at State/Nat’l Library Event

40

SUB-TOTAL CREDITS

 

TOTAL CREDITS

 

 

LTA STAR Recognition

LTA Trustee Recognition Certificate 100 credits
STAR Lapel Pin 200credits
STAR Medallion 300 credits

Trustee Name: _________________________________________________________

Street Address:_________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:___________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________

Email: __________________________________________
Library System Name____________________________

Library Name:___________________________________
Library Director Email: ___________________________

 

Submit credits to STAR@librarytrustees.org
or mail form to LTA, Box 11048, Albany, NY 12211

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