Library Remains a Vital Community Resource During Pandemic

Though the library building is closed, the Garden City Public Library has been working to provide the community with information, education, and entertainment through its website, its Facebook pages, and Nassau’s Overdrive collection, the Nassau Digital Doorway. The Library’s digital resources are available 24/7 with a valid library card. New copies of eBooks and digital audiobooks are being added for adults, children, and young adults to the Nassau Digital Doorway daily. Checkouts have increased during this time of social distancing, so additional copies of popular titles will continue to be added. (more…)

Library Board Approves Children’s Room Design

At a Special Meeting of the Board of Library Trustees on Monday, March 16, architect Saverio Belfiore, AIA, Vice President of H2M architects+engineers presented a revised concept design for the Library’s Children’s Room and Circulation area. After a brief discussion, the Board approved the design unanimously (by three Trustees in attendance and through 2 email votes). This concept design will be submitted to the Village Board of Trustees for approval and funding in the Village of Garden City 2020-21 Budget Capital Plan.

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Library Board Passes Resolution Supporting Fair Digital Access for All

Effective November 1, 2019 MacMillan Publishing has instituted a policy that allows libraries to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release. As a result, the Nassau Digital Doorway is only able to provide a single copy of each new MacMillan title to serve the over 1,000,000 residents in our county. The demand for eBooks continues to grow with checkouts through the Nassau Digital Doorway totaling 983,792 last fiscal year, and projections calling for over one million checkouts this year. In response to the action taken by MacMillan Publishers, the Nassau Digital Doorway consortium has decided not to purchase the single MacMillan copy allowed during the embargo period.

The Garden City Public Library Board of Trustees adopted a resolution on October 21, 2019 in support of fair access to digital content for all.

WHEREAS Nassau’s public libraries have a duty to ensure access to information for all, and WHEREAS publishers are increasingly imposing restrictions on library purchases of new and popular materials in digital formats, and
WHEREAS libraries are typically required to pay exponentially higher prices for copies of books in digital formats than consumers, and
WHEREAS these barriers are an impediment to the freedom to read, particularly for those who are most dependent on libraries, as well as a challenge to our long-held commitment to equity of access,
Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED that the Garden City Public Library:

    1. Supports all digital content being made equally available to libraries without moratorium or embargo and at fair prices.
    2. Supports NLS and member libraries raising public awareness of these issues.
    3. Supports NLS and member libraries taking active steps to reduce the efficacy of publisher practices that are harmful to libraries and readers.

In an increasingly digital world, the Garden City Library is trying to provide more access to eBooks and downloadable media. This embargo by MacMillan Publishers limits our Library’s ability to provide access to information to all. Patrons with disabilities or learning issues often benefit from reading eBooks on portable devices which offer adjustable font sizes and are lighter and easier to hold. The Garden City Public Library is committed to promoting literacy and a love of reading in all formats with diverse collections, programs and services for all people of all ages. Patrons can show their support for fair digital access for all by signing the petition at https://ebooksforall.org/.

Library Board Appointments

photo of Trustee Lola Nouryan and Board Chair J. Randolph Colahan

Trustee Lola Nouryan and Board Chair J. Randolph Colahan

On December 16, 2019, at the Garden City Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, Chairman J. Randolph Colahan administered the Oath of Office to Lola Nouryan as Trustee with a term of office from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024. The Board congratulated Trustee Nouryan on her reappointment.

Chairman J. Randolph Colahan and Vice Chair Peter D’Antonio were re-elected to their positions for the 2020 calendar year.

All Library Board of Trustees members will continue as Chair(s) of their committees for the 2020 calendar year:

Budget Committee – Trustee Peter D’Antonio

Audit Committee – Trustees J. Randolph Colahan and Peter D’Antonio

Building Committee – Trustee Charles Murphy

Community Relations Committee – Trustee Germaine Greco

Personnel Committee – Trustee Lola Nouryan

Policy Committee – Trustee Germaine Greco

CBRAC Liaisons – Trustees Peter D’Antonio and Charles Murphy

Library Nominated for $50,000 Grant

L-R: Library Director Marianne Malagon, Library Board Chair J. Randolph Colahan, Trustee Germaine Greco, Trustee Lola Nouryan, NYS Assemblyman Ed Ra, and Librarian Barbara Grace.

The Garden City Public Library was recently nominated by NYS Assemblyman Ed Ra to receive a $50,000 State and Municipal (SAM) Grant for capital improvements including an updated Children’s Room. Library Board Chair J. Randolph Colahan and Library Director Marianne Malagon and the Board of Trustees thanked Assemblyman Ra for his efforts in securing the funding.

The Library Board and Director are currently reviewing and updating a previous Space Study to finalize and implement plans for redesigning the space. Final approval of the grant is subject to review and consent by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and other state agencies.

The Library Director and members of the Board of Trustees toured the Children’s Room with Barbara Grace, head of Children’s Services, to discuss plans for updating the space utilizing funds from the SAM Grant obtained by Assemblyman Ra.