I promise to try and be a better blogger. I haven’t really written about anything but expansion and even that was sporadic. I thought it would be fun to share some books and videos that I’ve read or watched or listened too. I love books on CD because I have a long commute, so I do a lot of my “reading” that way these days.
In the player now… 20th Century Ghosts
“20th Century Ghosts” is a collection of short stories, some conventional spook stories, others just strange, by Joe Hill. Hill is also the author of the creepy, rock n roll fable “Heart Shaped Box”, it was a very dark book, but in a good way. It had the oppressive atmosphere of the Collinwood mansion in the old “Dark Shadows” TV show. Minus the vampires though, but with some very nasty ghosts.
Another story concerns a boy whose best friend is inflatable. In the story “Pop Art” the boy describes his friendship with Art the inflatable boy and the difficulties and dangers Art faces living in a world were the tiniest scratch can mean deflation and death. It’s a very absurd premise, but also a very touching story of how far friends will go for each other.
In, “They Will Hear the Locust Sing” he writes about a boy who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant locust,the torn remnants of his human skin dangling limply across his bed. Instead of horror, the boy thrilled at his transfromation and excited to turn his new powers upon his peers.
Joe is a sick puppy. You wonder how he comes up with this stuff and does he live in a house that is all painted black inside with mysterious locked rooms? He seems to have quite a sensitive nose, he loves to mention how things ‘reek’. The word appears in at least three of four stories in “Ghosts” so far.
The community center project is on again!
At a joint meeting between the town and village boards, the green light was given to reopen our study of a joint library and community center. Even better, a possible site has been offered for donation by Joe Sciortino! 10 acres located next to the Unionville Station complex on Rt. 259 just north of Burritt Rd.
Having tried and failed to secure a site within the village large enough for the combined facility this donation would allow us to build as close as possible. Literally right where the sidewalk ends. Public water and sewers within easy distance would certainly cut building costs.
For more details on the meeting check out the February 3rd edition of the Suburban News.
Irondequoit is under going a similar location issue in their quest for a new library. A citizens group has posted this video to YouTube of the top ten reasons why the two small neighborhood libraries on either side of town shouldn’t consolidate into one centrally located library.
This is a very passionate group and I love the fact that they are so interested in their local library. However, I’m not sure they’ve done their homework. We have a lot of statistics on recent library building projects in Monroe County and none of the circulation has ever gone down because someone built a new space. In fact it attracts a lot more people to come use the space.
One of my big goals for this library has finally been met!
We now have an official Friends of the Parma Public Library.
A meeting was held Tuesday, September 11 and officers were elected. The Friends will be helping out with our booksale and other fundraising efforts and events on the Library’s behalf.
Friends are very important to the health of any public library. Friends groups in other towns raise thousands of dollars to support special programs that the general budget does not cover.
If you are interested in volunteering, the Friends will be having their next meeting October 9 at 7pm.
A complete stop? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows what the future holds for the community center/library expansion project? But for now the project is on hold.
The costs of the combined project were estimated to be $160 per $100,000 of assessed value and the Town Board had concerns about hiking the tax rate that much. The location issue came up again, when the current community center was taken off the table as a suitable site for the project, this left the Town Hall complex as the sole building site and the Library Board had strong reservations about the Library going that far outside the village.
So the roller coaster has stopped for a moment and we can all catch our breath and decide if we want to ride it again.
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?
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.