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Santa at the Library!

Letters to Santa

Drop off your wish list in the special mailbox for Santa, located at the Library, now through December 2, 2023. Letter templates and envelopes are available for use or create your own. Print child’s full name & mailing address for a reply from Santa! No postage necessary.

This program is a partnership between the Dansville Chamber Events Committee, Dansville Public Library & Howard Hanna-Dansville.


Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus

Share the holiday spirit with friends and neighbors during Dansville’s Winter in the Village on Saturday, December 2, 2023! Families are invited to the Library to meet with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 10:00am through 12:45pm! Enjoy Holiday activities, crafts, games, & more! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Regular library services will be available during the event, so don’t forget to stock up on books and movies for the holidays!

We’re Hiring: Youth Services Coordinator

As of 11/13/23, this position has been filled.


Dansville Public Library seeks an enthusiastic and collaborative individual to join the library team as a full-time Library Assistant to serve as the library’s Youth Services Coordinator.

The Youth Services Coordinator manages all aspects of Children’s Services, including programming, outreach, reference, and collection development. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, flexible, community-oriented person who is able to embrace change, has a strong customer service orientation, and a collaborative approach to library service.

For more information, please see the Library Assistant – Youth Services Coordinator position description.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to: dansvillelibrarydirector@owwl.org. Please include “Youth Services Position” in the subject line.

Preference will be given to applications  received by October 20, 2023.

 

Calling All Local Authors!

The Dansville Public Library is looking for published local authors to participate in our upcoming Local Author Showcase. The showcase will be held Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

The event is a celebration of local writing talent and is designed to give writers and readers in the area an opportunity to connect. Local authors will have the opportunity to promote their works, as well as sell and sign copies of their publications.

If you live in the Dansville area and have published fiction or non-fiction for children, teens, or adults, we want to hear from you. Self-published writers are also encouraged to apply. Space is limited.

Local authors interested in participating should contact Margo Prak at the library via phone 585-335-6720 or email: dansvillelibrarydirector@owwl.org by September 6, 2023.

 

We are hiring: Library Page

This position has been filled as of August 11, 2023.


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 by July 31, 2023:    dansvillelibrarydirector@owwl.org or deliver to:
200 Main Street
Dansville, NY 14437

 

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.

Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election: 5/9/2023

Each year, the Library holds an election for two purposes. The first is for approval of the proposed increase of the next fiscal year’s (FY) tax levy, or the additional amount requested to fund the Library through taxes. (The Library’s operating budget also includes income from other sources – including grants, gifts, interest, and fees – which are not subject to public vote.) The second purpose of the vote is to elect trustees to fill any vacancies on the Library Board.

The 2023-2024 Library vote was held on Tuesday, May 9, from 12pm-8pm in the Library’s Small Study Room 114.

The proposed tax levy for the 2023-2024 fiscal year is $593,739, an increase of $15,000 over the 2022-2023 approved levy amount. This increase is to cover the rising costs for minimum wage and building utilities.

Additionally, one individual is to be elected to fill one trustee seat on the Library’s Board of Trustees. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall serve on the Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees for a five-year term, commencing on July 1, 2023. The candidates are: Emily J. Wolf and Alise Rounsville.

To vote, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of the Dansville Central School District, and not otherwise disqualified from voting under Election Law § 5-106.

Library Board of Trustees Nominating Petitions Available

On May 9, 2023, voters of the Dansville Central School District will elect one individual to fill one trustee seat on the Dansville Public Library’s Board of Trustees. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall serve on the Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees for a five-year term, commencing on July 1, 2023.

Prospective candidates may request nominating petitions at the Dansville Public Library main desk, 200 Main St. Dansville, NY 14437.

Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified district voters and must be received by the Library Director not later than 5:00 p.m. on April 7, 2023. The election will be held May 9, 2023.

Prospective Library Trustee Candidate Information Packet

New Feature: Use Libby to Discover Titles Not Yet in Our Digital Collection

Libby now offers a new feature that helps you find all the content you’re looking for, even if it’s not yet in our digital collection.

In Libby, there are two ways to discover titles that are not yet in our digital collection:

  1. If you search for a title, author, or series and it returns no results, Libby will automatically expand into a “deep search” to display relevant titles that are not yet in our collection.
  2. If you run a search that returns fewer than 100 results, you can tap the filter button ( ) to manually enable “deep search.”

From the expanded search, you will see relevant results with a Notify Me option. Tap Notify Me to tag titles and be notified if they are added to our library’s digital collection in the future.

Learn more on Libby Help.

We are hiring: Library Page

This position has been filled as of 5/1/2023.

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: dansvillelibrarydirector@owwl.org or deliver to:
200 Main Street
Dansville, NY 14437

This position has been filled as of 5/1/2023.