NEW LIBANON – The New Lebanon Library is asking city voters to approve a small increase to the city’s library budget of $ 20,000 per year to offset 26% inflation over the past 14 years. “We hope that in the November 2nd ballot the townspeople will vote yes to proposal 6 to increase the library,” said President of the Board of Trustees, Charles Weinstein. âSince our last request in 2007, library services have expanded and we’ve added lots of new features for young and old. In a typical year, the library has over 14,000 visitors. We are the inner city that the city needs. “
The new director, Michelle Hoffman, her six paid staff and numerous volunteers are committed to providing the best possible service in a friendly and welcoming manner. We are committed to a healthy and safe environment. The library has been described as a transformative place for all who enter: to learn, to share and to grow. A library is not just about borrowing books or reading newspapers and magazines. Computers are not only available for research, they also make the Internet available to anyone who inquires.
The library meeting room is available for many types of events. Several programs are geared towards age groups. Toddlers can learn about the world around them by coming to story hour. The library also sponsors a variety of programs for children (and a renovated children’s area), young adults, and adults, including summer reading programs at Shatford Park, early preschool through kindergarten literacy, digital literacy, and diversity and cultural awareness. The staff helps job seekers find the most useful resources. We help seniors navigate the complex world of health insurance, government programs, and the like.
The library is a bustling hub for activities: arts and crafts, artist and author talks, yoga, storytelling, live music, informative lectures on a variety of topics from art to health to cooking, movies, music lessons, virtual reality experiences, Games and other creative opportunities for all ages. The library offers computer courses. “Newcomers get involved and that leads to more activity and so they get involved in the life of the city.”
While the board of directors raises funds for the library through grants, donations from in and out of town, Columbia County and New York State, and a variety of fundraisers such as our recent day sale, most of the library’s funding comes from the city of New Lebanon. âWe’re always making progress,â said Weinstein, âjust to keep up with the latest technology and implement new services that our customers have asked for. We are looking for ways to improve internet access for everyone in our widely dispersed community, which has poor internet access in many areas. Please vote yes on November 2nd. “