Friday, October 17, 2014

Town Addresses Library Concerns



In response to the October 2 Letter to the Editor regarding the Greece Library –

Contrary to what the letter states, the used bookstore is NOT being closed down, nor is it being replaced by a coffee shop. The bookstore will be moved – right next door from its current location, and plans are in place to renovate the space to keep the area updated for library patrons and those choosing to browse and purchase the used books.

The plan for a coffee shop at the Library is two-fold. As we all have realized, the library has taken on a changing look and function with the advancement of technology. While there are indeed books still available, the usage of the computers and attendance of programs is the main draw of folks utilizing the library. We see the future of the library as moving toward a community based library – where patrons/residents can come not only for information access, but also for continued learning while utilizing access of the changing technologies.

One needs only to visit a Barnes and Noble bookstore to realize the popularity of the concept of beverages and light snacks being paired with books and learning materials, and how well it fits in with a model of a community gathering and reference destination. Our interest and goal is in getting the next generation of our residents to take advantage of the library and its resources. The coffee shop fits this vision.

It is important for town residents to understand that the only required financial support required from the town toward the operating of the Library is approximately $50,000. However, because of the Towns commitment to our library and our residents that utilize it, the 2014 budget included over $3 Million in funding.

As the Town continues to look for new sources of revenue through these difficult times, the leasing of this space in the library will serve as a financial benefit as well.

Additionally, we would like to thank the Friends of the Greece Public Library; they are a very generous group of volunteers who donate their time and energy to running the used bookstore and contributing approximately $50,000 per year to enhance programs offered by the library. After meeting with their executive board, they were indeed receptive and understood that in exchange for moving just over the wall from their current location that they would continue to have a dedicated “storefront” without cost to them to operate in the library.

So in closing, we envision our residents browsing the vast bookshelves of our library and proceeding to relax with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. Book clubs and other organizations will be able to hold meetings in a central location that is naturally tranquil, and this will inevitably increase traffic to the library in the long run. The future of libraries is changing, and the Town of Greece public libraries deserve to stay on pace with these advances.

Michelle Marini Deputy Supervisor Town of Greece 




 
 

SCATS ~~ So then ... methinks this sheds insight on Reilich's poor view of Greece's Library operations!
  • It is true the CURRENT bookstore will be closed and moved. Is the new space smaller?
  • WHERE ARE THE NUMBERS to support the claim that library users want computers and programs over loaned materials??
  • WHERE & WHEN was the public discussion/input on this idea?
  • Are we trying to compete with Barnes & Noble? This concept did NOT work for the library before, even though it was already working for B&N at the time. What makes it workable now?
  • WHY would the Town tell us their only "required financial support" is a mere $50,000, unless that was intended as some veiled threat to REDUCE FUTURE FUNDING??
  • Is there ANY NEARBY TOWN that is only funding its library at the required minimum?
  • How much income does the Town anticipate it will receive from leasing this space for a coffeeshop?
  • What if there are no interested parties? Is there a Plan B?
  • Who will provide security services for this operation?
  • WHERE/WHEN will sufficient added parking be provided to accommodate the teeming throngs of the groups Reilich has KICKED OUT OF TOWN HALL MEETING ROOMS?
 

34 comments:

SCATS said...

Anonymous said...
NEW SUBJECT (SORRY)

Re: Greece Post letter from the town re: changes at the library:
If the library needs $50,000 from the town for operating expenses, why does the town budget $3millon?

Re: income from "leased space". It is not clear which space the writer referring to?
Letter should be rewritten for clarity, please.

10/17/2014 4:43 AM

POSTED BY SCATS ADMIN. AFTER POSTING NEW THREAD.

Anonymous said...

If the library's focus is to be " programming and technology". why is the town relocating AARP services to the library program room during Jan-Feb-March? where is programming to be held?
A large amount of money the Friends raised thru their bookstore goes to support programming and new tech ology in the library.
Does the new town administration have a vendetta against the library Jack built?

SCATS said...

To 5:08PM ~~ I'm not sure there are any programs provided other than the ones the Friends pay for. In truth, the Friends have even bought new computers, chairs and other furnishings in recent years. Those things should be paid for by our taxes.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that MM quotes the 2014 budget for the library. What us the proposed 2015 budget anount?

Anonymous said...

Who is Deputy Supervisor (Marini) speaking for with all the royal 'we’s'… 1) As we all have realized,… 2) We see the future of the library… 3) Our interest and goal is… 4) we would like to thank the Friends of the Greece Public Library;… 5) So in closing, we envision our residents… in her letter to editor?

Anonymous said...

The library director puts forth a budget for the library and the town approves that as part of the budget. The 50K the friends raise is not essential to the libraries operation but is spent on items the friends think the library should have.
How does a group raising 50K end up the good guys and the town that tax payers contribute over 3M and the town gives the friends space to operate for free and they are the bad guys? If the town decides to paint the walls black with pink stripes the Friends have no say. If my logic is wrong then I will sell pencils outside of town hall and give them the money if it gives me the right to say how things should run in town hall.
I must be mistaken but I thought that is why we have elections so the people in office make decisions and the town runs.

SCATS said...

To 6:49PM ~~ Under Auggie, "I Am Him" ran things. Under Mr. Big, "I Am We" is running the show.

To 6:51PM ~~ IF that was the way things are, I'd likely agree. It's not. The Friends ended up paying for COMPUTERS & FURNITURE!! Those are things the Town should fund. But then that's all part of what makes Greece so dysfunctional! The do-good'ers succeed and next thing you know, they are COUNTED ON.

SCATS said...

Doesn't anyone else see the irony of this situation? The Friends' generosity in terms of time and energy, plus the generosity of the community through book donations gave the library a SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE with programs & technology that are used by so many! Without the efforts of the Friends, there would be NO NEED for a coffeeshop!

Maybe the Friends should just sit back and watch ... ;) That could be MOST interesting ... lol

Anonymous said...

Who/what businesses get to apply for the lease of coffee space?

Is the contract with TOG just rental or profit sharing?

Who picks the winner?

How many jobs will be created? Can they apply for COMIDA?

SCATS said...

To 9:23PM ~~ LMAO @ a COMIDA-funded Barista!!

george hubbard said...

What is the mission for the library?

Is there a published mission statement?

SCATS said...

Great question George! Especially since they still close to the public for half a day on the first Thursday of the month, a practice that goes back to the days when TQM (Total Quality Mgmt) was all the buzz.

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess "she" to them. In what world can you operate a library of that size with $50,000. Barnes and Noble is a book store and Starbucks, not a library.

SCATS said...

To 11:19AM ~~ B&N takes a loss on books ruined by patrons eating & drinking while reading. They have financial help from the publishers to offset the losses. Our library does not! How will they hold accountable someone who spills coffee on a book they never checkout?

REMINDER ~~ Comments containing name-calling are NOT usually posted!

george hubbard said...

1. Has the coffee shop proposal been brought before the Town Board for discussion or action?

2. Has the Town Board voted on anything related?

SCATS said...

To George @1:19PM ~~ As with removing the Historical Society, AARP & other community groups from Town Hall, why would there be ANY public discussion? Sounds as if it's a done deal just like shifting around these other groups. Town Board has no jurisdiction over community groups, other than the impact on Town facilities & services. I doubt this would even require a vote.

Anonymous said...

I meant to say "I guess she told them"

Anonymous said...

How long till the Museum gets told to move their building off Town Property in front of the Town Hall?

The Town owns the land and even maintains the lawns.

Maybe that won't happen though, Baby Rick Antelli is on the Museum's Board of Directors.

Anonymous said...

"Comments containing name calling are NOT USUALLY posted". Ya, unless the name calling is against town officials or republicans. Then scats is ok with it. Lol!

SCATS said...

To 4:51PM ~~ Good question!

To 6:26PM ~~ Actually, you are WRONG, but then you never were any good at reading minds. In truth, I've recently withheld a number of extremely nasty comments aimed at our Supervisor & his minions, a couple for this specific thread.

Anonymous said...

SCATS 1:57 AARP consumed the town board room from Jan.-April which prohibited any of the other fine groups from using it. Kind of piggish.

SCATS said...

To 9:20 AM ~~ Actually it was more like Feb. 1 to April 15th. for about 6 hrs/day and 3 days/week. Yes, very 'piggish' for a group that provided 100% FREE INCOME TAX RETURN PREPARATIONS for several hundred people every year! The service is provided by TRAINED professionals who volunteer their services!!

WHAT other groups EVER uses that room anyway, other than for the Town Board & related meetings which are in the evening?

I say let the 'pigs' use it and be PROUD that Greece provides this wonderful FREE service for its senior citizens & others. OINK OINK!!

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering why the town is letting people get flu shots at town hall? Seems like a perfect service to set up at the community center.

Anonymous said...

The Ebola shots are being given in the library.

SCATS said...

To 1:42PM ~~ News to me. I got mine at Town Hall earlier this month. The Town's website shoes future event at Town Hall, too.

Anonymous said...

Ebola shots? I wasn't aware they're being given anywhere in Greece.

SCATS said...

To 5:08PM ~~ Someone mentioned flu shots. The next person mentioned ebola shots. I think it's called sarcasm, but I'm not really sure.

Anonymous said...

SCATS 1:42 the town web site said that shoes are a future event at town hall. Good to know I won't buy any now I'll wait.

Anonymous said...

linteThe question man is back.

Beware he will lead you on; then wait for the "gotchaya".

Anonymous said...

Are the Ebola shots at the library near the book store or the the coffee shop?

I'm just saying.....

SCATS said...

To 11:58AM ~~ It's extra ... WITH the coffee ;)

Anonymous said...

No need to worry about free tax preparation at town hall. the Supervisor has moved this service to the library for 2015. Sorry kids, no literacy programs for you this spring at the library-program room is in use.

SCATS said...

To 8:17PM ~~ It will be more than the kids who will be sorry! Regular patrons will find NO NEARBY parking spaces. Senior citizens will need to be tethered to light posts to keep from blowing away as the wind whips across the parking lot AT TOWN HALL that they must walk from to get to the library.

NO ONE WILL BE BUYING COFFEE ;)

Anonymous said...

Is Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini speaking on behalf of Supervisor Reilich or the Town Board? Who is "we" she is speaking for?