by Kelly Wells and Amanda Letohic
Spring is finally here!
And with spring comes budget vote and trustee election season for many school districts and local public libraries, including the Fallsburg Library.
On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Fallsburg Library will have our budget vote and trustee election from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the library. If you are a registered voter of the Fallsburg Central School District, then you are eligible to vote on our operating budget and trustee seats that are up for election this year.
What does our operating budget consist of? The Fallsburg Library’s operating budget consists of many expenses that you would typically associate with running a library, including book and movie purchases, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, staff, utilities, and rent. Our operating budget also consists of costs that you might not automatically consider. One such expense is the service fees that we pay to the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) for myriad services, including but not limited to our 3-day-a-week delivery, maintenance of the system-wide online catalog, and advanced tech support beyond what can be handled in-house. The support and services provided by RCLS are invaluable in allowing us to offer all of our patrons a fantastic and rewarding library experience.
Another cost covered by our operating budget that probably does not automatically come to mind when thinking about the library is for our programs. We work hard to provide quality, engaging, educational, and fun programs for all ages. Check out some of these great programs we have coming up in May!
On Wednesday May 10 at 7 p.m., the whole family is invited to make a fun gift for Mother’s Day.
On Wednesday May 17 at 7 p.m., we’ll have 3Doodlers in the library for teens. 3Doodlers are the world’s first and only 3D pens—they work by extruding heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure, allowing for free-hand creation of three dimensional objects. Come try them out for yourself!
On Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m., Ozobots will be in the building! Come meet these tiny robots that help teach coding. Ages 7-14 are welcome to participate. Our regular Children’s Craft Night will be Mondays at 6:30 p.m., and our Preschool Story Hour is Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
If you’re interested in signing up for any of these programs, call Amanda at 845-436-6067 ext. 102.
Be sure to stop in and visit your local library at 12 Railroad Plaza in South Fallsburg. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat or visit our website, www.fallsburglibrary.org. If you have any questions about the library feel free to call the Library Director, Kelly, at 845-436-6067 ext. 103.
The staff and Board members of the Fallsburg Library are deeply saddened at the passing of Fallsburg Library Board President Bernie Deutsch. Bernie was one of the founders of the Fallsburg Reading Center in 1991. He worked diligently with other community members to turn the Reading Center into an official library, and was Board President when the Fallsburg Library received its Provisional Charter in 2000, and again when we received our Absolute Charter in 2004. After taking some time off in 2007, Bernie returned to the Board in 2012 and was elected Board President in 2014, a position he continued to hold until his passing on April 24, 2017. Bernie will be greatly missed by the library and by all who knew him. We leave you now with a quote we found from Bernie from back in the 1990s, “A community without a library is in some ways no community at all.”