Fall 2013

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Street Fair Attendees "like" their library using ipads

By Tom Witt, Director, North Merrick Public Library

Fall 2013 issue of Trustee

The North Merrick Public Library took to the streets on the last weekend of September 2013, at the local Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Fall Festival” street fair. At the fair, the Library made many new “fans” — on Facebook!
Librarians armed with iPads, using a wi-fi connection, asked fair-goers to “like” the Library, on Facebook, on the spot. Every new “fan” was given a BPA free water bottle” in appreciation for “liking” the Library. The blue-and-white bottles sport the library logo and the message “Like Our Page on” 
The initiative was publicized in the library’s monthly newsletter which was delivered by the postal service to homes days several before the event - the timing was perfect and the recruitment a success!
The North Merrick Public Library plans to use its recently launched Facebook platform to advertise programs, answer patron questions, and promote services, as well as to disseminate emergency news and changes in schedules.
“Growing the Facebook community is just one of the new ideas that our library is using to keep up with technology and engage our community, says Bill Pezzulo, board president.  “We are attracting followers from teens through seniors who may not use the library often and are now discovering our great programming options.”


The North Merrick Public Library has been serving the community since 1965. Established by a community vote in November of 1964, the library initially opened as a storefront in December of the following year and remained there for ten months before moving to its present location, 1691 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick, New York, a former school building.

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