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January/February 2015 Newsletter
A Note from the Director
Libraries in America
A 2013 Pew Research Center survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older found that 96% of Americans believe public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading. That same 96% believe public libraries provide free access to materials and resources, and play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. Interestingly, when asked how well-informed individuals felt themselves to be about the different services and programs public libraries offer, a full 30% said they knew not much or nothing at all. This newsletter is our attempt to make sure that every household in our district knows what we offer, and when. I encourage you to read it, visit us in person or online, and see what we can do for you!
We are so very lucky to have a dedicated team of people who are committed to the Library and to you, our community. I'd like to take this opportunity to recognize those team members whose anniversaries occur during January and February: Stephanie Alicea, 7 years; Elizabeth Bute, 7 years; Eileen Calcaterra; 13 years; Liju Devasia, 2 years; Patrice Gottfried, 16 years; Tim Heinsman, 10 years; Naomi Goldberg-Honor, 11 years; Helen Rojas, 21 years; Karen Romaner, 14 years; Raquel Ventura, 8 years. That's 109 years of service right there. Thank you for all your time, effort and loyalty! This recognition of team members will be a regular feature in our newsletter.
See you in the stacks!
Claudia Depkin, Library Director
We Take Credit Cards!
Starting in January, you will be able to pay for fines, lost book fees, and more, using a credit card.
Congratulations to Naomi Goldberg-Honor
Congratulations to our Head of Adult Services, Naomi Goldberg-Honor, on her graduation from the New York Library Association Leadership & Management Academy. Naomi (left) is shown receiving her Certificate of Completion from NYLA Past President Sara Kelly Johns in the front page of our phsyical newsletter.
Thank You to Our Patrons...
For your continued generosity. You graciously donated many items for the People to People Giving Tree and Hi Tor Animal Shelter. Thank you again to all who participated.
In Our Gallery
January - Realist Art of David Jermann. A fine art print collection of landscapes and still life by David Jermann.
February - Life in Technicolor. A digital photography exhibit by Michele Germano.
Our gallery is located at the lower level of the library. Interested in exhibiting your artwork? Please call 786-3800 ext. 14 for information.
Winter Weather Closing Reminder
If the North Rockland School District closes for the day, the library opens at 1 pm. If the weather is still bad at 11:30 am, the library will not open. Library closings are announced on WHUD 100.7 FM and WRCR 1300 AM radio, and on cancellations.com. No fines on snow days!
Thursday, January 1, 2015, New Years Day
Tax Free Help February 3 - April 14, 2015
It's tax time, and AARP Tax-Aide is here to help! This free tax preparation service is for taxpayers with middle to low income, with special attention given to those age 60 and older.
Please bring with you: photo ID; notices, booklets and forms received from the IRS and NYS; social security cards for yourself and your dependents; W-2 forms; ALL 1099 forms; forms indicating federal income tax paid; dependent care provider information; ALL receipts or cancelled checks for income and property taxes paid, and for charitable contributions; proof of health insurance coverage; and copies of Federal and State returns filed last year. For further information call: 1-888-AARP-NOW.
Tax Aide Hours
Knitting News - The Cast-On Crew
In December the Cast-On Crew donated 3 boxes of handmade sweaters, lap blankets, hats, mittens, and scarves to the Rockland County Center for Safety and Change. A special thank you to the Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish for their generous donation of lap blankets, and to the knitters who were kind enough to drop off their handiwork.
Knitters and crocheters of all levels are invited to join us Mondays, 6-8 pm. The Teen Knitting Group resumes Wednesday, January 14. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Questions? Call Terry, 786-3800 ext. 21.
Read Online or Download Children's & Teen eBooks for Free!
We are proud to offer an excellent new service powered by eSebco to all our young readers. Read over 100+ children's and teen eBooks online or on your mobile device anywhere, anytime, and for free! Check out our Youth Services page for the link and for instructions to get started!
Have a New Toy?
If you have a new tablet or e-reader, and want to see how best to use the Library's resources on it, come in any day between 4 pm and 5 pm. We will have a staff member available to help your sort it out. Don't forget to have your usernames and passwords handy!
For a paper copy, please visit the library. For a list of programs and events, please select the appropriate department above or our Events Calendar. For previous Library newsletters, check our Newsletter Archive.
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