About Your Library
January/February 2015 Newsletter
A Note from the Director
What's New for You This Year?
If you were fortunate enough to get your hands on a digital device of one sort or another this past holiday season, then look no farther than the library to get started reading ebooks and emagazines, watching digital videos and listening to digital audiobooks. Our collection of materials is available 24/7 and there are never late fees! Click on the Enjoy eBooks & audiobooks image link on our homepage. Bring your device in and we'll help you set it up.
As the New York State budget season heats up, we will be launching a postcard and petition campaign to Governor Cuomo and state legislators, requesting that funding for public library systems be increased. There are 23 public library systems state-wide, and like ours, the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), receive funding directly from the state.
Based on the most recent census, the state should be funding all 23 public library systems in the amount of $102.6M. In actuality, last year library systems only received $91.6M. That is below the funding library systems received in 2000. Systems are of priceless value to public libraries and in turn, to library patrons. All of the inter-library loan materials patrons borrow from us are transported by RCLS. The software we use to manage our collection and check out materials is managed by RCLS. And RCLS provides continuing education opportunities so our staff members can better serve you by being up-to-date on trends and practices in the library world.
I hope you'll join us by adding your name to our postcards and petitions and let state lawmakers know that libraries are important to you. I will deliver them personally to our legislators during Library Advocacy Day in Albany on March 2nd.
See you in the stacks!
Thank You to Our Patrons!
For your continued generosity. You graciously donated many items for the People to People Giving Tree, Hi Tor Animal Shelter, and the Center for Safety & Change. Thank you again to all who participated.
In Our Gallery
January - HKDPL Librarian Cheryl Baker exhibits
Photographs of England and Scotland.
February - Csaba Vadasz exhibits Wildlife Photography.
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!
Friday, January 1, 2016 - New Year's Day
Tax Free Help February 2 - April 16, 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 dependants; 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
What's All This Swiping and Tapping, Anyway?
Did you get a new tablet for a holiday gift? Did your kids or grandchildren give you their old one, and forget to tell you how to work it? Sign up one of our Sip & Swipe Café tablet training series, and you'll get yourself right up to date!
With a librarian or a computer assistant to lend a hand, you can work your way through a self-paced learning program geared specifically to senior tablet users. Se the dates below, then call or come in to register. Don't worry if your first choice is full - we will be offering these series for at least a few months to come. Let us know if you will be bringing your own tablet.
Android Tablets - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3 pm
Android Tablets - Mondays & Wednesdays, 3 pm
iPads - Fridays, 11 am
Android Tablets - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3 pm
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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