"New Rochelle Public Library Re-Opens" reads a recent TotS Alert. Thanks for the reminder about closures for inclement weather days as well as for the many observances of Presidents' Day, MLK Day and other national/state holidays! In my 25 years living in New Rochelle, nothing has so distressed me as seeing our NR Public Library closed, impregnably and inaccessibly shuttered, when it might be left open (if only for limited purposes and services) on these otherwise laudable dates devoted to honoring great Americans and significant historical events.
Of all the conflicts, hypocrisies, concessions to political correctness, sellouts to public sector employee compulsory unionism and lily-livered cavings-in by the library board to its workers, nothing all year comes close to these regular acts of professional fecklessness and cowardice.Read more
There is a sign on the door at the New Rochelle Public Library stating that the library is closed due to a lack of heat. Callers to the library get a message stating that the library is closed due to lack of heat in the main building.
UPDATE: Thomas Geoffino, Director of the New Rochelle Public Library tells Talk of the Sound "Our boilers stopped functioning sometime yesterday morning. Despite calls to our vendor (busy due to other emergencies) they were not able to visit till last evening. They did get the boiler functioning but apparently the building was still very cold this morning and not really acceptable for our patrons and staff to utilize. We are very hopeful that our building will be properly heated and open for business tomorrow."Read more
A family concert of Celtic Holiday Music performed by the Westchester Harp Ensemble will be presented in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Sunday, December 19 at 3:00 pm. The peace and joys of the season are captured in the enchanting music of the ancient Celtic harp, as the Ensemble performs traditional Christmas pieces that will delight all ages.
The Westchester Harp Ensemble is directed by harpist Lois Colin and includes Katy Brittenham of Hastings-on-Hudson, Theresa Phoenix of Irvington, Marinna Chung of Yonkers, Molly Forgang of Larchmont, Eleanor Reich of Purchase, Maggie MacNichol-Skau of Eastchester, Mariana Lee of Larchmont, Remy DeVere of Greenwich, Julia Longo of Rye, Christine, Danielle and Molly Colasacco of Eastchester.
The free concert is a BID Family Day event, made possible by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District, in conjunction with the New Rochelle Public Library, the City School District and the Department of Parks and Recreation.Read more
Free enriching and entertaining programs for children are available during school vacation week at the New Rochelle Public Libraries. No need for kids to be bored – there is something for everyone!
On Monday, December 27 at 11:00 am, “The Klezmer Bunch” will be presented for children ages 3 – 7years at the Huguenot Children’s Library. Author Author Amalia Hoffman leads a rollicking fun,interactive storytelling session with puppets, musical instruments and movement, based on her award-winning book, The Klezmer Bunch. The story involves four traveling musicians who travel to play at a wedding – packing their goat and their instruments in a baby carriage, which takes off on its own! The program will be on a first-come, first-served to 25 –seat capacity of the Huguenot Children’s Library lower level.Read more
SENATOR OPPENHEIMER JOINS WITH WESTCHESTER LIBRARY SYSTEM AND LOCAL LIBRARY DIRECTORS TO CALL FOR RESTORATION OF LIBRARY FUNDING IN NYS FY 2010-11 BUDGET
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today joined with representatives of the Westchester Library System (WLS) and local library directors to call for the restoration of library funding in the NYS FY 2010-11 budget.
The Governor’s proposed Executive Budget would cut state library funding to $84.5 million, a reduction of approximately $2.5 million over 2009-10 budget levels. If enacted, this would result in an $18 million reduction in state funding over the past three years and mark the fifth time that library funding has been cut over the same period. At Senator Oppenheimer’s insistence, the Senate budget resolution, adopted in March 2010, rejects the Governor’s proposal and would restore library funding to existing levels. But negotiations over the final budget are ongoing and injurious cuts to public libraries remain possible.Read more
I remember as a school child, any report or research paper required a trip to the library or if lucky enough you knew someone with an encyclopedia britannica. The Library was a depository for books, music, old newpapers on microfilm etc. Then along came the internet. The internet is a million libraries at your fingertips. So the question is : WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE LIBRARY AS THOUGH THE INTERNET DOESN'T EXIST?
An enlightened society surely doesn't want to tear down a library but an enlightened society wouldn't spend millions of dollars a year so insiders can justify their paychecks by turning the building into a hangout for pedophiles, homeless, free internet access and creating programs they try to justify their existence with.
Heating, air conditions, lights, maintenance. water payrolls, insurance, for what? There is so much empty space at the old city hall building (already heated and cooled) that the city could easily run a scaled down version of the library offering books, music and free internet, exactly what a library is supposed to be. Then the city could turn the library into a shopping site, collect rent and increase sales tax revenue while cutting the library costs by 75%.