Children’s News

Are you our next Library Trustee?

The Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking a motivated individual to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Trustees for a term of July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

Interested applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a US citizen, and a resident of the Dansville Central School District.

Interested parties should send a letter of interest to Board President Rhea Walker at 200 Main Street, Dansville NY 14437 by July 6, 2023.

About the Library & Board

Dansville Public Library is a school district public library, serving the residents of the Dansville Central School District.  The Board consists of five-members, each elected to a five-year term, beginning on July 1. Residents within the school district vote annually on the Library’s budget and to elect members to the Library’s Board of Trustees. When a vacancy occurs mid-term, the Board may appoint a member to fill the seat until the next annual election. The Library and the Library Board are independent of the School District and the School Board, however, the School District is responsible for the collection of the Library’s annual tax levy.

The Library Board has traditionally met the second Monday of each month at 4:00pm, at the Dansville Public Library. There are 12 regular meetings a year. Additionally, each board member may be asked to serve on a committee; committee meetings occur as needed.

Originally organized in 1872 as the Dansville Library Association, the Dansville Public Library was granted its charter as a school district public library in New York State in 1893. In 1920 the Shepard Homestead, located at the corner of Main and Perine Streets in the Village of Dansville, New York, was gifted to the Library. After necessary remodeling, the Library opened to the public in 1924. In 2011, a 9,000 square foot expansion project was completed to provide additional space for the community to gather and to house the library’s collection.

Today, Dansville Public Library houses more than 32,000 items and loans books, magazines, DVDs, fishing poles, and more. In 2022, the Library loaned more than 44,000 items and had over 3,000 registered borrowers.

We are hiring: Library Page

The Dansville Public Library has an open Library Page position.

The Part-time Page is a 12-15 hour per week position. Applicants should be personable, enjoy working with people of all ages, have an interest in books and reading, and have excellent written, verbal, & computer skills. Applicants also need to be able to stand for long periods, to reach and bend, and must have a flexible schedule, with readiness to work evenings and weekends.

For more information, please see the Page Job Description.

Employment Application Form – also available at the Dansville Public Library main desk.

To Apply
Send completed applications to Margo Prak, Library Director: or deliver to:
200 Main Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Preference will be given to applications received before March 31, 2023.

Patron Satisfaction Questionnaire

**The Questionnaire is now closed.**

Thank you to everyone who participated! Your responses will help guide us in making decisions for the Library’s future!

Check out the Questionnaire responses: 2022 Library Patron Questionnaire Responses

Your opinion matters!

Please help us by taking this short questionnaire! Let us know your thoughts and perceptions about the Dansville Public Library over the past year! We continually work to provide great materials and services, and your feedback is valuable in helping us determine how well we are meeting our community’s needs.

Your answers are anonymous and will be used to help improve future library services.

A paper version of this questionnaire is also available in the Library, at the circulation desk. Please feel free to complete it online or to come in and complete it in-person.

The questionnaire will close on Saturday, December 31, 2022. A summary of the questionnaire results will be available online and in the Library by the end of January 2023.

We truly appreciate your insight and your time. Thank you!


Congrats to Taylor for completing 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Congratulation Taylor  for completed 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge!
We want to congratulate Taylor   for completing the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program! Taylor  gained many essential early Literacy Skills by completing this program. We are so proud of her!
A nationwide program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents to read aloud to their children.
At certain reading, milestones, and when they complete the program, children receive rewards.
For more information, stop by the Library. Pick-up program materials and register YOUR children in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge!
WAY TO GO, Taylor!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

With a library card you can discover new and exciting worlds! From borrowing books to downloading audiobooks to researching your ancestry, there is so much you can access with a library card. Pursue your passions and dreams through Dansville Public Library’s resources and programs.

Join the fun by getting your own library card today!

For a limited time, sign-up for an OWWL Library Card and choose our standard card or key tag OR the Special Edition Kids Card featuring Booklet!

Sign-up ONLINE

If you do not already have an OWWL library card and you either: Are a full- or part-time resident of Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, or Livingston Counties in New York State; attend school in these counties; or pay property taxes in these counties, you can start your request for an OWWL library card online, by submitting the Request a Library Card Form


New Story Stroll!

Check out the new Story Stroll out on the fence at the Library!  Stroll, walk, or skip along the fence and read “How to catch the Tooth Fairy” By Adam Wallace.  Enjoy the short activity on each card, this months I spy!

Busy Bee Storytime Starting In January!

A new Session of Busy Bee Storytime is starting on January 12, 2022.

Join Ms. Mary Ellen  for Busy Bee Storytime!

This storytime is for kids 1 year to 3 years old.

Starting on January 12 through February 16, every Wednesday at 10:30 am.

Storytime will include reading books, songs, fingerplays and hands-on activity at the end.

Storytime Themes:

January 12: Snowy

January 19: Winter Animals

January 26: Shadow

Feb 2: Families

Feb 9: Heart

Feb 16: Things that GO

Mask are required in all Library Programs for children 3 year and older.

Registration is required!

Register at here.

Welcome New Director!

The Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Margo Prak has been appointed as Library Director. She succeeds Teresa Dearing, who retired at the end of October.
Margo joins us from the Bloomfield Public Library, where she had been Director since 2019. At Bloomfield, she oversaw management of all library services, and provided technology assistance, collection development, and outreach in the small, rural community. Under her leadership, the library underwent a renovation, using NY State Aid for Library Construction, to make library space more easily accessible to all patrons and community members.
Margo holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo and earned a BA in English and Secondary Education from SUNY Geneseo. She began her public library career, just up the street from here, as a Clerk at the Livonia Public Library. With over five years of experience working in the Pioneer Library System, she is well equipped to manage Dansville’s participation in both the OWWL circulation system and OverDrive services.
Native to the Buffalo-area, Margo has spent the last fifteen years working and living in Livingston and Monroe Counties.  Besides her love of reading, she enjoy spending time with her family and pets, getting outdoors as much as she possibly can.
She is looking forward to getting to know the Dansville Public Library users and supporters and the opportunity to serve the Dansville community.
Congratulations to Margo in her new role and welcome to the library!

Christmas Song Emoji

Join me in Christmas song Emoji Game on Facebook!  It’s all for fun!

For the rest of December, I will be posting Christmas Songs using Emoji.   Check them out there and have a guess what the title might be in the comments.