spring225x338Now that the harsh weather of this past winter is behind us, hopefully we can all start to enjoy some warmer and more pleasant days! Did any of you see us marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade? I think Huntington considers that the unofficial first day of spring! We lucked out with a beautiful day and it was wonderful to see so many spectators cheering us on as we marched along.

We are busy at the library these days planning our renovation for the Main Library. We have completed the analysis of our collections and are anxiously awaiting some preliminary plans from our space designers.

In response to many patron requests, our new fiscal year budget includes expanding our operating hours to more closely coincide with the school year. We will stay open on Sundays and Friday evenings now from mid-September through mid-June. I thank all of you who came out to vote in our annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election.

Please feel free to contact me at any time:
(631) 427-5165, ext. 206,
or by email at

 

2015-2016 PROPOSED LIBRARY BUDGET
voteThe Huntington Public Library Board is once again able to offer the community a budget which will not exceed the New York State Tax Levy Cap of 2%. Based in part from the reduction of staff salaries and benefits (due to attrition and retirements), the budget proposal includes a tax increase of only 1.25%. Voters will be asked to approve a total levy of $8,817,225.00 on April 21, 2015. The modest increase in the proposed budget will feature increased funding for library programs, services, and materials which includes increasing our Sunday and Friday evening hours to coincide more closely with the school year. The budget also allows for a much needed investment in our facilities. We are planning to replace the heating/cooling units at the Main Library with new energy efficient models. We are also looking to install LED lighting to be more energy efficient and are looking to renovate our interior space to better serve the needs of our patrons.


Likewise, continued investment in technology will keep improving our electronic services. This budget allows the library to maintain all essentials while at the same time, remain fiscally responsible by keeping the tax levy low.


PROPOSED 2015-2016 ANNUAL BUDGET - CLICK HERE.


BUDGET PRESENTATION AND MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT:
Monday, April 13, 2015 5:30 pm - Main Building

 

BUDGET VOTE AND TRUSTEE ELECTION:
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:00 am - 9:00 pm - Main Building


INFORMATION ON TRUSTEE CANDIDATES ARE NOW AVAILABLE VIA THE FOLLOWING
CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES: Harriet Spitzer | Yvette K Stone | Pat McKenna-Bausch

Community Focus Groups
We are conducting Community Focus Groups throughout the day on Monday, January 12, 2015, at the Main Library. We are interested in learning about your experiences, thoughts, and ideas about library service and are inviting adults, business and community leaders, educators, parents, senior citizens, and teens to participate in one of eight various focus groups with our Facility Planning experts, Kimberly Bolan and Associates. We would greatly appreciate your participation and assistance in planning for a library experience that will continue to delight you and your family. Your input is vital to this project. Please consider joining us for an hour on January 12.
For detailed information regarding available times or to participate, please contact either Assistant Director Kristine Casper at 631-427-5165, ext, 203, or email at , or Assistant Director Teresa Schwind at 631-427-5165 ext. 202, or email at . Thank you very much for your interest in the continued success of the Huntington Public Library. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas.

 

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