Get a Clue@ Your Library!

Summer Reading Club Events Begin June The Dansville Public Library Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday June 26 at 1:00 p.m. This year’s statewide program is titled, "Get a Clue @ Your Library!" and will give children the opportunity to explore mysteries and puzzles of all kinds. From stories about super sleuths to books about solving the perfect crime, children can participate in these great adventures.

Children will do their part by keeping a log of how many books and hours they read each week. This data is collected to make the library eligible to receive special grant funds to offset the cost of summer reading materials.

A special weekly event will help children focus on reading and learning while having fun. The schedule for Summer Reading 2007 events follows:

June 26 Registration and sign up package
July 3 Magic Tree House Adventure with Morgana Le Fay,enchantress from Camelot
July 10 Puzzling mysteries from storyteller Cris Riedel
July 17 19th-Century games and toys with the Genesee Country Village & Museum
July 24 Laurie’s Stories ABC Mystery Show
July 31 Super sleuth and storyteller Peggy Hagen
August 7 Musician Tom Sieling’s Wild Thing tunes and clues about our natural world.

Call the library to register your Summer Readers at 585-335-6720.

Long Range Plan Is Adopted

Using a planning process that emphasizes community participation, the Dansville Public Library worked with facilitator Patricia Stocker and a Planning Committee whose members provided a broad representation of community needs and interests, to develop a long-range plan of service. The plan, which is available for review at the Library, concentrates on three service responses recommended by the Planning Committee: Lifelong Learning, Commons, and Current Titles and Topics.

Lifelong Learning involves the Library addressing people’s desire for self-directed personal growth and development opportunities. Commons refers to the Library providing an environment which helps address the need of people to meet and interact with others in their community and to participate in public discourse about community issues. Current Titles and Topics emphasizes the Library as the place which helps to fulfill community residents’ appetite for information about popular cultural and social trends and their desire for satisfying recreational experiences.

The Dansville Public Library was one of a select number of libraries chosen for a New York State Library Services and Technology Act grant through the Pioneer Library System to pay for the planning process. The plan includes goals and objectives which can be measured. Concrete activities during the 5-year life of the Plan reflect the library’s future expanded facility.

The Library expresses its appreciation to the following Planning Committee members for giving of themselves to represent our community: Adele Bovard, Stacey Corriea, Richard deAsis, Bud Gee, Barry Haywood, Mary Ann Holden, Dorothy Hotchkiss, Dennis Mahus, Sherrie Reilly, Sam Riedel, Marie Roberts, Jane Schryver, Mark Schuster, Mary Stepanik, John Vogel, Joseph Weider, George Weidman, and Ruth Witte.

Library Makes Room for Expansion

The former Wilcox Building at 190 Main Street has been torn down and grass planted in its place.

At a special meeting in September 2006, the Board of the Dansville Public Library awarded the demolition of the former Wilcox Building at 190 Main Street to Diversified Construction Services, Inc. of Phoenix, New York.

Diversified was low bidder. Six bids were received ranging from $129,000 to $187,870. A general contract meeting was held October 2, 2006 and the abatement portion of the project began in mid October. By the end of November, the building was taken down and the lot was seeded.

Costs for the project were covered by funds in special reserve already on hand. In addition, the Library has applied for a New York State Public Library Construction Grant to help offset the cost of demolition.

The Library purchased the building and an adjacent 16,500 square feet of land in January 2006 as part of the Library’s planned expansion. Funds used to purchase the property came from a variety of sources including a $50,000 grant secured by Senator Young, a $7,700 New York State Library Construction Grant, $5,000 from savings, and the remainder from a special reserve fund the Library began in anticipation of the need to expand.

After reviewing several options, including rehabbing the existing space, the Board determined it would be more cost-effective and would better meet the needs of the community to tear down the existing building and develop plans for an expansion to the Library’s current location.

The Board is currently narrowing down plans for the expansion and renovation of the interior of the existing building. Public announcement of the plans is expected some time late in 2007.

Director Attends State Library Conference

Library Director Teresa Dearing, attended the New York State Library Association (NYLA) Annual Conference ‘Adding Value: Formula for the Future’ in Saratoga Springs from November 1-4. The annual conference allows local library staff to remain up-to-date on the latest trends in services, products and technology, legislative and financial issues facing libraries, and best practices for administration and management.

‘Information gained at the NYLA Conference allows Dansville Public Library to remain at the forefront of library services,’ says Terry Dearing. ‘For example, I was able to gain information about various funding avenues, learn about the team members required in any expansion project, and view several presentations on choosing furnishings and arranging library interiors.’ In addition, Dearing attended the ‘trade show’ which features publishers, library equipment and material vendors, and new technological developments in library reference and research.

Founded in 1890, the mission of the New York Library Association is to lead in the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning, quality of learning, quality of life, and equal opportunity for all New Yorkers.

Expanding Resources for Our Community

Check this section regularly for updates on the planned expansion of the Dansville Public Library. The latest news is listed first. Scroll down the page for background on the need to expand and the processes used to determine how best to expand. For more information or to take a tour of the Dansville Public Library, contact Terry Dearing, Director, at 335-6720.

Library votes to tear down 190 Main Street

At a special meeting in September 2006, the Board of the Dansville Public Library awarded the demolition of the former Wilcox Building at 190 Main Street to Diversified Construction Services, Inc. of Phoenix, New York.

Diversified was low bidder. Six bids were received ranging from $129,000 to $187,870. A general contract meeting was held October 2, 2006 with the abatement portion of the project to commence in mid October.

Costs for the project will be covered by funds in special reserve already on hand. In addition, the Library will apply for a New York State Public Library Construction Grant to help offset the cost of demolition.

The Library purchased the building and an adjacent 16,500 square feet of land in January 2006 as part of the Library’s planned expansion. Funds used to purchase the property came from a variety of sources including a $50,000 grant secured by Senator Young, a $7,700 New York State Library Construction Grant, $5,000 from savings, and the remainder from a special reserve fund the Library began in anticipation of the need to expand.

After reviewing several options, including rehabbing the existing space, the Board determined it would be more cost-effective and would better meet the needs of the community to tear down the existing building and develop plans for an expansion to the Library’s current location.

Why does the Library need to expand?

Since 1924, the Library has remained in the same building at 200 Main Street, Dansville. Since that time, the world and the Library have changed a great deal.

Cars have become the primary mode of transportation, but parking at the Library has actually decreased due to road reconstruction that eliminated parking spaces.

In the 1920s, only 56% of people graduated high school now more than 85% do and more than 60% of high school graduates go on to attend college. As a result, the Library has experienced tremendous growth in the need for our services.

In the past three years, the numbers of people accessing and using library resources has steadily increased. There are now 3,734 registered borrowers, and 60-80 new users are added monthly. We are chartered to serve the 10,419 people in the Dansville Public School District and our annual circulation exceeds 50,000.

Technology has changed dramatically. Today Library patrons use tapes, CDs, DVDs, videos and computers. They expect these resources at the Library. In our current building we are limited in the number of these services we can provide. We have added seven computers, but the addition of these technologies has taken away space in the Library for shelving books, studying, and having programs.

Society has changed its views toward those with disabilities and the inception of the Americans with Disabilities Act challenged organizations like the Library to meet the needs of all citizens. Retrofitting the current building to make it more accessible proved imperfect. Making the bathroom wheelchair accessible reduced room for our children’s collection. While in the strictest sense we are ‘accessible’, the Library is far from convenient and welcoming to those with mobility issues and the entire second floor is inaccessible.

The Library is a resource for the community that goes beyond providing materials. The Library is anchored on Main Street at the heart of Dansville. Through the years, residents have used our space for meetings, intellectual debate, education and entertainment. Because our only program space is on the second floor, children and adults with disabilities are unable to access it.

How big should a library be?

The Library currently has 4,800 square feet. The recommended space for a public library serving a population of 11,000 is 14,900 square feet. For instance, the Library currently has 450 square feet of space for the Children’s collection and reading space while 3,000 square feet is recommended. There is no space officially set aside for computers and computer use, and the recommended space is 900 square feet. Even if the Library were to reclaim space currently used for the custodian’s apartment, it would only gain about 1,500 square feet, over 1,100 square feet of which is on the second floor making it inaccessible.

What is being done?

The Library has reached out to the community to gauge how we should proceed.

A survey, conducted in 2000 as part of a Millennium Committee, made clear the community wanted more from the Library and did not want to see the Library move from Main Street. Reasons cited included the beauty and historic value of the current building, the Library being an anchor for Main Street shops and businesses, and the central location for all those in Dansville and the surrounding communities.

In the fall of 2001 discussions began with Mrs. Bea Wilcox regarding the availability of the adjacent property at 190 Main Street, formerly the Wilcox Auction Center. Based on the decision to remain at the Main Street location, as well as the need for increased space, the Library Board purchased the property including 16,500 square feet of parking behind the building in January 2006.

A feasibility study was conducted in the fall of 2004 to assess the community’s willingness to help fund the project. Results of the study showed that the community is very supportive of the project and understands the need to expand, but that funding will need to be sought from a variety of sources. The question was also raised if it was more economical to remodel the Wilcox building and connect it to the current Library or to tear it down and construct a new addition to the current Library.

In November 2004, a Building Committee made up of interested community members was formed to review the options, determine the final design and subsequent cost for the project. As a result, the Board voted in 2006 to tear down the Wilcox Building and plan an expansion of the existing Library.

What is next?

The Library is committed to keeping the community informed and we welcome your input and support as we move forward. Look for updates on this page and press releases and stories in the local media. We welcome you to stop by and talk with us when we are at events in the community or here at the Library. Our goal is to create an attractive village library, a library we can all be pleased to call our own, and just as our founders did in 1872, a library which will meet the needs of our community for many years to come.

Library Board President Wins Annual Award

"DavidDavid Reinholtz, President of the Dansville Public Library Board, was recognized October 18 by the Livingston County Libraries with the Ludlum-Holroyd Award. The award is given annually in recognition of significant contributions to Livingston County Libraries. This year’s award was presented to David at the Annual Dinner Meeting of the Pioneer Library System in Canandaigua.

David was first recruited to serve on the Dansville Public Library Board in 1986 and became Board President in 2000. During his tenure Reinholtz has been an active member of the Building and Grounds committee pushing the Library to keep pace with the changing needs of its patrons. Significant improvements during his twenty years as a Trustee include the complete rewiring of the building, installation of a smoke alarm system, building of a ramp for handicap accessibility, remodeling and dedication of the William D. Conklin Local History Room, computer access for the public, remodeling of the Children’s Room and installation of the online circulation system. Most recently, Reinholtz has led the Board in its efforts to expand the facility by purchasing adjacent property and working to develop a building and fund raising plan.

"Dave exemplifies the qualities of an excellent Trustee which is why we nominated him for the award," says Terry Dearing, Director of the Dansville Public Library. "Our Handbook for Library Trustees states, ‘The most important qualification is a strong and genuine belief in public libraries and their mission.’ Dave not only believes in our services, he is a strong advocate for our Library."

The Ludlum-Holroyd Award honors former Dansville Library Trustee A.M. "Mac" Holroyd, and Patricia Ludlum, Caledonia Library.

A Summer Summary

"SummerThis year the Summer Reading Club attendance averaged 25 children each week. Special weekly programs were informative and fun, with the primary purpose to keep children reading over the summer months. This year the children recorded a total of 500 books read during 432 hours of reading.

Summer provided an opportunity to introduce the newest readers to excellent books during the library’s 8-week Summer Time Story Time. Most people enjoy being read to, and for three, four, and five year olds, Story Time provides an opportunity to learn about the library, choose books to read at home, and make and visit with new friends. Story Time continues this fall each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

The Library Staff and Volunteers were on hand at the New York State Festival of Balloons over the Labor Day Weekend. A special visitor, Booker B. Owwl, greeted Festival goers in between the rain showers. This is the third year the library has maintained a booth on the field to acquaint visitors with library services and resources."Booker

Dansville Public Library Recognizes Volunteers

"DavidThe Dansville Public Library recognized the generous contributions of its more than 100 volunteers on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at noon at the Dansville United Methodist Church Community Room. The event, chaired by volunteer Gay Frame, featured a luncheon in appreciation for the many hours of service that community volunteers give to the Library.

Volunteer of the Year recognition was awarded to David Reinholtz, a member of the Board of Trustees for 20 years. David has served as Vice President and President during his service, and has particularly contributed as a member of the Building and Grounds Committee.

More than 120 people were invited to show the library’s appreciation for the vital work of its volunteers. Volunteer activities involve working at the Book Sale, delivery of books to shut ins, assisting at special events, and helping visitors locate reading material. From serving on the Library’s Board to assisting as a ‘Friend’ of the Library volunteers are key to the success of the Library.

Library Director Celebrates 30th Anniversary

"Terry2006 marks 30 years of service to the Dansville Public Library for Director Teresa A. Dearing. In celebration, the Library hosted a picnic Saturday, July 15 from 2 – 6 PM at Babcock Park and on Friday, March 17 a surprise visit from Senator Catharine Young warranted a gathering as well.

A member of the New York Library Association, Dearing joined the Library in 1976 as Director. Dearing holds an A.A.S. from Genesee Community College and a B.A. and an M.L.S. from SUNY Geneseo. On March 21, 2006 she received a State of New York Legislative Resolution (Senate No. 4093) honoring her for 30 years of dedicated service.

In the past 30 years, Dearing has earned the admiration, esteem and affection of her colleagues at the Dansville Public Library with her faithful, conscientious and valuable service. She is a true citizen of Dansville and she believes in giving back to the community she loves so much. A member of the Dansville Rotary Club, Dearing has served as Secretary for the past ten years. She is also the former Secretary of the Dansville Economic Development Corporation.

The Dansville Public Library, housed in the historic Shepard Memorial building at 200 Main Street, serves 10,419 people from Dansville and the surrounding nine towns and villages. With annual circulations in excess of 50,000, the Library’s mission is to help the community meet its educational, cultural and recreational needs. For more information about the Library and its services, or to take a tour of the library, call 585-335-6720, or visit us on the web at http://www.dansvillelibrary.org.

Library Staff Attend Workshop

Dansville Public Library Staff members Mary Stepanik, Karen Cowley, and Marcia Miller recently atttended the Pioneer Library System’s Support Staff Workshop. Trainings included new ways to access the online card catalog to more efficiently provide service, assessing patron preferences to assist them in finding new authors of the same writing style and genre, and ways to resolve conflict in a professional manner.

‘It is important that our staff continue to provide excellent service,’ said Teresa Dearing, Dansville Public Library Director. ‘Pioneer Library System trainings not only provide staff with new skills to ensure we provide our patrons with the latest services, they also offer an opportunity to network with staff from other libraries in the system which promotes innovation and efficiency.’

The daylong workshop is offered annually at the Pioneer Library System headquarters in Canandaigua, New York. Workshop titles included ‘Different Web Page Designs: Blog or Not?,’ ‘Communications Skills Within Your Library: How to Resolve Conflict in a Professional Manner,’ ‘i-Bistro: Learn New Tricks or Refresh Some Old,’ and ‘What Do I Read Next?: A Readers Advisory Presentation.’