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Charles McMorran's blog

Thank you!

Dear Friends and neighbors,  I will be leaving soon and I want to thank each and every one of you for the honor and privilege of serving as Director of the New City Library.  It has been an exciting time and I take comfort in knowing that I leave a stronger and better library. 

Customer service has been the hallmark of my tenure.   A thorough review of procedures was undertaken and completed to ensure it was a customer friendly library.   Customer Service was highlighted at every staff meeting with many staff development efforts to ensure staff is prepared to go beyond customer expectations.  The Library has become known in the region to have the best and most responsive staff. 

eReaders are Here

E-book readers have come to the New City Library.  Today, Friday the 13th, the library has added 25 eReaders to our collection for checkout by New City and West Nyack cardholders.  Each eReader edition is preloaded with 8 to 10 titles by genre.  As an example, the eReader dedicated to Legal and Espionage titles has the following books to be read:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre, The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd, Bloodmoney by David Ignatius,The WholeTruth by David Baldacci,  Rain Fall by Barry Eisler, Innocent by Scott Turow,The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly,The Confession by John Grisham,The Last Innocent Man by Phillip Margolin, and Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein.

Other subjects for the eReaders are Popular, Horror, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mysteries, Romance and others.  Five of the eReaders are dedicated to Children’s and Teen titles. 

It is truly a revolution in how we read and the New City Library is proud to be a part of it.  Come in today and check us out.

Everybody Needs Friends

The New City Library is proud and pleased to announce the formation of the New City Library Friends Group.  Our first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2:00.   Local teens will be providing the program.  Refreshments will be served.

The Friends Group is an independent not-for-profit organization with three goals.

Fund raising for special projects that are outside what the library budget may afford.  This can include things such a garden and new sign or a museum pass that is too dear.

Library Advocacy which may include help with the budget referendum or attending legislative breakfast or lobby day in Albany.

Supporting public awareness and spreading the word of the many wonderful services the library provides.

Museum Pass Online Reservations

Customers love that we offer museum passes to the American Museum of Natural History, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Intrepid Sea and Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  These family passes save our customers thousands of dollars a year.

Reserving the passes was not always so easy.  Reserving a pass by telephone could be troublesome for customers and the library alike.   Beginning tomorrow, August 3rd, the library will introduce a new system to reserve passes online. 

The Coolest Place to Stay Cool

Our airconditioning is working just fine (knock on wood).    Please be safe in this hot weather and remember to drink plenty of water.  If you become thirsty you have waited too long.   Experts advise to slow down and avoid strenuous exercise.  What better place to slow down that at your library.  The most strenuous exercise may be taking a book down off the shelf.  

So please consider visiting the coolest place around to stay cool during this hot weather.  We hope to see you soon. 

 

EBooks...Get Your EBooks Here!

A friend was asking me last week about what eReader to buy.  When I talked about the various formats and what the library supplies, she was surprised.  “You mean I can get ebooks from the library” she asked.  The New City Library has supplied downloadable audio books for many years and ebooks in the last few.

In anticipation of many people getting readers for the holidays, we just purchased a large number of new titles.  The various formats are still fighting it out for their share of the market place, but we ordered predominantly in the e-pub format which seems to be compatible with most readers.  This order was predominantly romance and mysteries, but we made certain we would have items currently on the New York Times Bestseller list.

We purchase copies that are only available to New City Library customers in addition to titles available to everyone in the region.  To get access to our titles, you need to log in with your library card and PIN.   You can go there directly by clicking HERE.

Be Part of the Library Picture

The West Nyack and New City Library budget referendum is up for a vote on Thursday December 9, 2010.  It is hoped that you will turn out to vote on this important budget at this important time in our history.

West Nyack and the New City Library circulated over 800,000 items last year.  As the below chart shows there has been a steady increase in circulation for the past three years.   In fact it is a 17% increase and in just the current year-to-date there is a 14.7% increase over last year.  

Library Circulaton

Budget Blues

December may seem far away, but here at the library we have been working hard on our budget for 2012. This is the budget that we will put forth to the voters in December and what will go into effect July 1, 2012. It raises the question of what do you, our customers, want. In holding the line last year we made significant savings in our operational expenses. Insurance was rebid saving $6,000. Energy expenses were cut by tens of thousands. At the same time we attempted to maintain our materials and programming budgets to provide you with the best and latest. In the current year we have no money for furniture, minimal money for building repairs and only $1,000 for computers and software. If a computer monitor breaks…there goes 20% of the computer budget. Do you want us to patch our infrastructure or replace carpets and such when they begin to fall apart? At what point to do we make major reductions in new books and DVDs purchase? What is an acceptable percentage increase that the voters will approve? Let us start a dialogue by clicking on the comment button below.

NEW CITY LIBRARY OFFERS DOWNLOADABLE MUSIC FROM OUR WEBSITE

New City Library has joined the Library Ideas’ Network that offers access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

The service will allow New City Customers to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to hundreds of thousands of songs.

The E-books are Coming! The E-books are Coming!

E-book readers are still selling fast although the three week delay in ordering a Nook has ended. It is truly a revolution in how we read.Even diehard fans of the paperbound volumes (recently referred to as treebooks) realize the value of having hundreds of titles in one easy-to-carry volume. The readability of the screens has continued to improve with each new rendition of the readers.The technology will continue to improve as time advances, and although I don’t like to predict the future, I believe a whole new line of better, less expensive readers will be announced just before the December holiday season.

The New City Library is joining the revolution in purchasing additional titles just for our customers.We are supplementing the already significant collection of titles purchased by our consortium, the Ramapo Catskill Library System, with ebooks exclusively for New City customers.You’ll find these titles marked with the Overdrive Advantage label. The Library has recently ordered and received 120 additional titles. A few of the added titles are:

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