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REFERENCE POINT

Newsletter of the Goshen Public Library

Vol. 5, No. 4, April 2000


"in the public service community there is [no] organization that stretches a public dollar further and maximizes the benefits of the investment better than libraries."
- Governor Tom Ridge (Pa.)



Library Budget Vote Set for April 12

The annual library budget vote and trustee election will take place in the library reading room at 203 Main Street on Wednesday, April 12 from 8 AM to 8 PM. Application for absentee ballots must be made to Anita Whitehead, between 9:30 AM and 5 PM. The deadlines for these ballots are April 5, for those who require the ballot be mailed, and April 11, for those who will pick it up. Completed ballots must be received by 5 PM on April 12.

The proposed operating budget of $559,736 requires a real property tax of $496,736, which represents a $22,944 (4.80%) increase in taxes over this year's budget. The remainder of the 5.9% increase in operating expenses will be offset by the appropriated fund balance.

The budget proposition translates into an estimated library tax of $.44 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for a home in Goshen, based on last years equalization rates. A Goshen home assessed at $150,000 would pay a library tax of $66.38 ($1.88 more than last year).


Trustee Positions

There are two vacancies on the Board of Trustees for five year terms and one vacancy for a four year term. The five year vacancies are currently filled by Patty Garnett and Linda Hannigan, who are both seeking re-election. The four year vacancy Is to fill the unexpired term of Cindy Zalkin. Janet Markiewicz is seeking election to this term,

Patty Garnett, known to many Goshenites as an employee of Linda's Office Supply, has been a library trustee for the past five years, and the board's president for the past three years. "I enjoy giving time to the library, which is why I would like to serve again," she explains.

Patty is pleased that during the years she has been a trustee, the library began offering public Internet access, electronic inter-library loans, regularly scheduled adult programs, teen programs, and full-time reference service.

In addition, the audio book collection has more than doubled in size. Circulation and program attendance of all types has grown monumentally. "I am excited to be a part of this burgeoning service. We would like to keep growing but need a new facility in which to do so. I am as committed as ever to a new library building" she says.

Linda Hannigan has also been a library trustee for five years. A CPA and new partner of the Wappinger Falls firm Sedore & Co., specializing in municipal finance, she has been the library treasurer for the past five years as well. Under her stewardship the library has managed to maintain a small fund balance which enables it to sustain operations from July until October while awaiting the receipt of tax money, and to keep budget increases to a minimum.

Linda also points with pride to the growth in library services during her tenure as a trustee, including the development of the library's website as an extension of its on-site reference service. Like Patty Garnett, she is a staunch proponent of a new building.

Linda has one son and is a 22-year resident of Goshen.

Janet Markiewicz is a 26-year resident of Goshen who was active in the PTA at each level of the Goshen schools. She states, "The population of the towns comprising the Goshen Central School District has grown since the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society constructed its addition in 1977. With that growth came an explosion in technology and changes in the educational standards for our students. It becomes clear that we have outgrown our present library. The existing Board of Trustees has researched extensively the options for a new library, one that will be more than adequate for us now and in the future. I would like to be an integral part in the development of this plan for expansion, and so am running for a position on the Board of Trustees."

She continues, "My three sons were all born here and attended the Goshen schools. They participated in story hour and summer reading programs, and used the resources of the library for their reports and papers. I, myself, am a constant user of the library and am a voracious reader. All of us should be life-long learners, and I feel that we should have a library worthy of that objective."


National Poetry Month

  • Dead Poets Slam - Saturday, April 1, 1 pm
  • Pizza Poets - Wednesday, April 5, 4 pm
  • Voices & Visions: Videos and discussions on the life and work of William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens - Thursdays: April 6, 13, 20, 27, all at 7pm
  • Special Guest: Cynthia Kraman - Saturday, April 8, 1 pm
  • Poets & Writers, Inc. - Literary Horizons - Saturday, April 15, 3 pm
  • Poetry for Teens & Twelves - Tuesday, April 18, 7 pm
  • Poetry Marathon: Readings by over three dozen poets - April 29, 10 am - 4 pm & April 30, 2 - 4 pm

    Note: All National Poetry Month events are free and open to the general public. For details call 294-6606, ext. 6. This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from New York State Council on the Arts and "Live at the Library 2000," an initiative of the American Library Association with major support from the national Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund.


    Adult Programs

    Click here for our adult programs.


    Children's Programs

    Click here for our children's programs.


    Teens & 12s

    Click here for our teen programs.


    National Volunteer Week

    What better time to recognize our volunteers than during National Volunteer Week, Aprll 9-15!

    The library trustees and staff offer a hearty thanks to the following people who work regularly scheduled hours: Carrie Reynolds, Roy Croswell, Bob Brennan, Margaret Walling, Carol Swanwick, Jane Beatty, Eileen Mueller, Joan Schweikart, and Rosemary Newman.

    These valuable volunteers perform many tasks, including: checking the shelves for overdue/missing items, providing back up at the circulation desk, selecting materials for the home bound, updating the vertical files, photocopying materials, entering data in the local history index, assisting local history and genealogy researchers, preparing materials for craft programs, and verifying items to be ordered.

    Also deserving of our appreciation are those who joined us this year to deliver materials to the home bound. They are: Susan Armistead, Bob Quinn, Barbara Drake, Nick Petraglia, Mary Fredette and Carol Griffin.


    The Census and You

    It is important that all residents of the Gosher Central School District are counted in the 2000 census. The library receives a small amount of per capita state aid each year and some of the school aid Is based on census data. The Ramapo Catskill Library System is also funded on a per capita basis. Only you, the residents, can prevent your school district from being short-changed. Be sure to file your Census form!


    Grants

    We are pleased to announce that the library received two grants to support our family programming efforts.

    First we received $1,950 from Orange County's arts decen- tralization grant program to support our summer lawn con- cert series. The concerts will be held in July and will feature four local singer!songwriters.

    Second, we received $1,050 frorn the American Library Association's 'Live at the Library' program to support our spring Poetry Pest.

    Funding from the Friends of the Goshen Public Library in the amount of $1,600 supported our winter book discus- sion, the youth programs: Chinese New Year with Norma Chang, Stamp-it and Nature Wagon, and the purchase of materials for the summer reading club.


    Audio Books

    Recently, we conducted an in-house survey to see if our borrowers desired movies in DVD format, and audio books In CD format. of the 77 responses, one-third indicated they wanted audio books on CD and one -seventh wanted movies on DVD.

    We will begin purchasing some audio books in CD format. Thanks to those who participated in the survey!




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