Monthly Archives: June 2007

Location, location, location

That has been the theme ever since we started thinking about the combined library/community center project. So far the majority of people we have heard from want the library to stay in the village.

I’m curious. Is a there group out there that disagrees?

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Focus

We’ve been conducting focus groups here at the Library this week related to our expansion project.  We identified a few key users and sent out some invitations.  We had a great response and all the sessions have been filled.  We are excited that so many people are interested in the project!

During the sessions we asked what people thought of the library building and what could be improved.  People wanted more space for books, more space for meetings, more programs and activities and better parking.  A couple people even suggested a drive up bookdrop.

If you couldn’t make it or didn’t get invited don’t feel bad, these are just the beginning stages. There will be public meetings to coming up to review the possible design a new building before there is a public vote.

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Digging up your relatives

Attention genealogists!

We have just added Ancestry.com to our databases.  Ancestry is available at the Library and will allow you to search census records, ship’s passenger lists, war service records and a host of other documents to fill in the leaves on your family tree.

The Monroe County Library System already carries Heritage Quest and the two used together are a powerful genealogical research tool. 

If you are shy about computers, don’t worry we can help you get started.

We are very excited to try out this database courtesy of a grant from Assemblyman Stephen Hawley.

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The Price You Pay

No one likes paying taxes, especially when most of us have no clue how the money is being spent. So I just thought I’d give you a break down of the cost of library service.

For the Town of Parma per capita cost is about $31.33 year. 

That $31.33  will get you as many books and DVDs as you want, not to mention internet access, programs and those accursed tax forms.

That’s a bargain if you put it in real world terms.  A year’s subscription to Netflix for two DVDs a month would cost $180.  One hard cover book and a mochachinno at B&N would cost you about $26.

Average cost around the county for libraries per person , $36.23.  Fairport spends the most at $54.42. Hamlin the least $17.31

And please don’t say “we don’t need libraries, everything is on the internet”, because a lot of that information is suspect (Joe’s Free Medical Diagnosis.com) or will cost you extra(Consumer Reports online). 

Even if you don’t use the library isn’t it worth it to know that your neighbors kids are and not riding their bikes across your newly weeded and seeded lawn?

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