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Library Trustee Election: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the library.

Posted: Thu, Nov 15, 2012

Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library Election Information

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, Piermont voters will be asked to elect three library trustees. In this election it will not be necessary for voters to approve the operating budget for the fiscal year 2013/2014 because the budget has not increased from the budget for 2012/2013. The vote will take place at the Piermont Public Library from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This fact sheet has been prepared to provide you with information about the programs and services of the library, the budget for the coming year, and the election of trustees.

Library Activity 2011–2012

  • 1,705 residents have library cards. This represents approximately 68% of Piermont’s population according to 2010 Census data.
  • The library offered 226 programs with an attendance of 4,652 people, up from an attendance of 3,878 last year.
  • Visits to the library totaled 24,921 people, up from 23,257 last year.
  • The library circulated 16,970 items, a decrease from 17,808 last year, returning to the same level as in 2009-10.
  • Through September of this calendar year, 19,342 people have visited the library.

The Collection

  • Total holdings are approximately 16,216 items. While this number has not changed much from last year, the collection has. The library staff has weeded unused, outdated materials and materials in poor condition, replacing them with new materials. We have purchased new releases as well as new editions of some well-loved classics; updated children’s non-fiction with more current factual information; and enhanced children’s fiction, picture books and easy readers with popular, in-demand titles. With donations honoring Piermonter Al Bristol’s 100th birthday, we’ve added a special pop-up book collection to be used for parent-child reading time in the library. We also continue to purchase newly released DVDs, music and books on CD. Finally, we have rotated our collection of leased books to bring in popular titles.
  • Thanks to donations from The Friends of Piermont Public Library, we have memberships to area museums available for loan to adult Piermont cardholders in good standing.
  • The library continues to offer three online services, also funded by The Friends: Freegal downloadable music (up to 3 songs per library card per week); Universal Class online learning (more than 540 courses available); Transparent Language online language learning using the BYKI method (more than 80 languages available).
  • The library offers Materials-by-Mail for the homebound, funded by the Library Association of Rockland County. If you know of a Piermont resident who might benefit from this service, please contact us at: 845-359-4595 or info@piermontlibrary.org for more information.

Programs for Children

  • Weekly Toddler Story Time
  • Monthly Music Program for toddlers and young children
  • Art class series for elementary-age children taught by Alexis Starke
  • Weekly Pre-school Story and Craft (for ages 3–5)
  • Monthly Pajama Time
  • Monthly Book Clubs for elementary students
  • Theme Parties and holiday craft sessions
  • Kids’ Movie Nights

Programs for Adults

  • First Friday Film Series, a once-a-month celebration of extraordinary movies, whether old or new, American or foreign, comedies or dramas, well known or obscure. The series is run by our dedicated volunteer, Marc Farre.
  • Rotating art/photography exhibits by local artists in the library’s gallery space
  • Educational and cultural programs, including lectures, concerts and our first annual Local Author Book Fair
  • Regular meetings of three book clubs, Literacy Volunteers, the Piermont Historical Society, and other civic organizations, as well as occasional meetings of the Village Board

Strategic Direction

  • Programs and services of the library are developed based on input from community members and community leaders. We will begin the process of writing our next 5-year plan in 2013.
  • Library patrons are welcome to provide input at any time and are encouraged to visit the library website at www.piermontlibrary.org and on Facebook at Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library’s page.

The Budget for 2013/2014

  • At $327,872, the library budget is essentially unchanged from the current fiscal year.
  • The amount to be raised from Piermont taxes is $275,000, which is the same as last year.
  • A copy of the budget is available for review at the library.

The Election

At present there are three known candidates for the three trustee positions:

  • Cynthia Crippen
  • Holly Macklay
  • Bruce Tucker, who is running for the first time after filling the remaining year of Mark Jacobs’ term.

In addition, the Board recently appointed Judith Epstein to fill the remaining term of Marjorie Smith, who moved from Piermont and resigned. The Board of Trustees has nine members, each serving three-year terms.

Any resident who is a registered Piermont voter may run for election as trustee. A candidate must collect twenty-five signatures of eligible Piermont voters on a petition. Petitions are available at the library and must be completed and submitted to the Secretary of the Library District by Nov. 20 for the candidate’s name to be placed on the ballot.

We thank you for your support and patronage of the library and look forward to your participation in the election on December 5, 2012, at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library.

Sincerely yours,

The Trustees of the Piermont Library District
Marian Armstrong, Richard Benfield, Cynthia Crippen, Judith Epstein, Anna Hickey, Holly Macklay, Edward Nelson, Donna Riley, and Bruce Tucker

Library Director
Jessica Bowen

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