Catch Up with our 2017 Newsletter

2017 Newsletter featuring June 14th 160th Opening Celebration

Looking for help with your laptop, smart phone or other electronic device.  Check out our “Learning Lab” located on the lower level (L2).  Our technical instructor is available every Tuesday & Thursday from 10 until 12.  Classes are offered on a wide variety of skills such as: using the Internet, Facebook, Gmail, Wikipedia, Excel, Word, assistance with resumes, downloading e-books, using Google Drive, navigating Artist Works and much, much more.  Actual classes must be preregistered.  Class size is limited to 8 people per class.  Sign up at the main circulation desk.

Friends of the Oswego Public Library logo and mission
For more information on how you can be a Friends of the Library, contact 725-3651.  Check out their web page at foloswego.wordpress.com or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/friends.oswego.library

Friends of the Library will be sponsoring the following projects for 2017—The purchase of additional copies for Battle of the Books, funds for crafts & refreshments for Children’s programs, “Art with Jen” and other programs, funds for prizes for the summer read program, funds towards the Children’s Learning area, books for the Adult Reading club and a book cart.

Celebrating 160 Years in our Building—June 14

We will gather the evening of June 14 to celebrate 160 years serving Oswego from our castle on the hill.  Join us for a fun time featuring live animals from G & G, 3D printing from Penfield Library, actors in 1857 costume, bilingual story time in English and Spanish, highlight tours of the building, and refreshments from the Friends of the Library.

We enjoyed hosting artists, poets, and musicians this year.

Eileen Rose, Stephen Brace, Larry Hoyt, Deirdre McCarthy, Judy Malone, Tim Ames, And Michelle Southgate have already been here.  We are looking forward to Dan Weintraub and Sue Comerford this summer.  Any time we are open you can enjoy the wonderful work from Tim and Michelle in our Art Gallery.

Thousands of Blu-rays, DVDs, Books on CD, comics, board books, novels, biographies, and magazines!



New this year is our tutoring area located on the upper floor of the library.  Reservations for use of this area and a laptop are available at the main circulation desk.  Ask the staff for more information on how you can reserve this area.

TASC (also known as GED) classes are taught weekly in the Erik & Emily Cole Community Room located on the lower level of the library by CITI instructors.  For information on how you can attend—call  CITI at 963-4256.

Children's Programs @ the Library

The library offers a wide range of programming for the children of Oswego.  The Children’s Room is located on the  upper floor of the library (UL if you use our elevator)

Story Hour for children ages 2-5 are on Wednesdays 10:30 & 1:30 and Fridays at 10:30.  Summer reading program is July-August.  Lego Club *** Art with Jen *** and other special theme programs will be listed on our monthly calendar.  Please call (315-341-5867) or stop in the library for a full calendar of events.

Library cards are free!!!  They may be used at any library in Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson or St Lawrence County.  Your child must be able to print their first and last name and have a parent’s signature.  Come spend some time with Miss Karen, Miss Monica (AmeriCorps), Miss Kathy, Miss Laurie, Miss Diane and Miss Mary Ann.

184 Children’s programs were offered during the year with 3,762 attending

Summer Reading Sign up is JUNE 26th through JULY 2nd

 Summer Reading Club is JULY 5th through AUGUST 11th

Read to earn prizes.  Registration is free.  Activities scheduled every day!!!  Check out our schedule this summer at oswegopubliclibrary.org

Last summer over 520 children read books

46 summer programs were held with an attendance of 1,549

SPECIAL THANKS GO OUT TO THE FOLLOWING FOR MAKING OUR EARLY LEARNING CENTER POSSIBLE

THE SHINEMAN FOUNDATION

NORTH COUNTRY LIBRARY SYSTEM

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

DR. DAVID DEXTER

PRISCILLA WILSON

THE LIBRARY BOARD

ART JONES (BUILDER)

KAREN SWARTZ (CHILDREN’S PROGRAM COORDINATOR)

LOWES

BURKES

RABYS

JOHN CAROCCIO

AARON STANDISH

JIM SALMONSEN

BILL GALLAGHER

DONATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY

80,063 VISITORS

13,202 CARD HOLDERS

71,780 ITEMS CHECKED OUT

INTERLIBRARY LOAN TRANSACTIONS:

LOANED 5,805 ITEMS

BORROWED 8,299 ITEMS

6,136 REFERENCE TRANSACTIONS

WIFI LOGINS 28,113

COMPUTER USE LOGINS 112,422

MESSAGE FROM BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Oswego Public Library Board of Trustees is pledged to ensure that the Public Library provides the best up-to-date services to the greater Oswego community.  A library has a responsibility to provide access to information necessary for a free society and for all people to be informed citizens.  By providing free print and electronic resources, all citizens can be connected to job opportunities, political discourse, current events, government information, and social networking that otherwise might not be available to them.  This budget will provide the funds necessary to maintain all current services, meet the demands of access to electronic resources for the future, and manage the library’s administrative operations in a safe environment.

Cathy Santos, President of the Board of Trustees

The Mission of the Oswego Public Library is to be the learning center for the Greater Oswego area and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information. Community needs drive our services. We believe that library services should be delivered in a welcoming, convenient and responsive manner.

Budgets Current Proposed
Revenue 2016-2017 2017-2018
Gifts $7,162 $8,500
Interest/Investments $500 $500
County Funds $6,449 $6,750
Library Tax Levy $1,261,083 1,279,999
Grant/LSSA Funds $10,468 $750
Fees/Reimbursements $21,800 $19,700
Total Revenue $1,307,462 $1,316,999
     
Expenses Current Proposed
Library books, materials $39,091 $39,000
Salaries $354,682 $374,752
Benefits $205,611 $210,320
Library Service expenses $91,451 $131,462
Building expenses $163,296 $134,025
Bank Loan $453,331 $426,640
Total Expenses $1,307,462 $1,316,999

Increases in expenses include an upgrade of our computer server and phone system, replacement of several lab computers & bookdrop, increased security during the summer months, increased costs in health insurance and a cleaner during the weekends.

On behalf of the library staff and its Board of Trustees I would like to express our deep appreciation for all of your support over this past year...both financial and through your volunteerism.  Your commitment to this library has made it what it is...a place of life long learning.  Thank you.

Carol Ferlito
Library Director
cferlito@ncls.org

GIFTS WERE RECEIVED THIS YEAR

· In memory of Angela Bellardini

· In memory of Jim McGann

· In memory of Edward & Mary McCarthy

· In memory of Thomas Elsner

· In memory of Gladys Little

· In memory of John Sincavage (Mr. John) & David Sincavage

· In memory of Doris Allen

· In memory of Melanie Butler

· In memory of Audrey Johnson

· In memory of Beverly Stewart

· In memory of Joan Mansfield

· In memory of Doris Allen

· In honor of the Oswego County Health Department Management team

· In honor of Karen Swartz

· A gift from F E Moody

· A gift from Mr. Ebert

· A gift from Rosanne Conaway

· A gift from  Michele Kunzwiller

· A gift from the Swindells family

· A gift from Linda Germain

· A gift from Joanne Henry

· A gift from Winter Club

OSWEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
120 East Second Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315-341-5867
Fax: 315-216-6492
E-mail: oswegopl@ncls.org
Hours:  Mon-Thu  10-8
Fri  10-5
Sat/Sun  12-5
Our upper floor (UL) closes 30 minutes earlier.
The Library is closed on National holidays & Sundays during July & August.
We’re on the web @ www.oswegopubliclibrary.org
Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/oswegopl

PLEASE VOTE
MAY 16TH
12-9 PM
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