Library Expansion Update

The Dansville Public Library has retained the services of John Adamski to act as project manager for the Library’s planned expansion and Jean O’Connell, J. O’Connell and Associates Grants Consultants, to act as grant writer in securing funding for the project.

John Adamski has been hired to act as project manager. Adamski has over 35 years of experience designing and building homes, including some commercial and industrial projects. His background is in both architecture and construction. After owning his own firm, Adamski and Associates in Pittsford, New York for 25 years, he sold the firm and has acted as a consultant in construction management for the past ten years.

Adamski sees his role as project manager as two-fold. "Right now, the project is in its infancy," he says. "The architect is working on design and my initial role is to guide the design process so that the intent of the Board of Trustees is carried into the design, and into the budget." Part two will begin after the design process is complete. "I will then assist in awarding of bids and selection of contractors."

Jean O’Connell, owner of J. O’Connell and Associates Grants Consultants, has been hired to research and write grants. O’Connell has a background in education with a BS and MS in Education from Buffalo State College. She has been working in the area of grants development since 1986 and founded J. O’Connell & Associates in 1991. The firm researches and writes grants for municipalities, schools, and not-for-profit organizations.

"I am looking forward to helping the Dansville Public Library with their grants and consulting needs," says O’Connell. "The tremendous need for an improved facility and the enthusiasm of the Library Director, Terry Dearing, makes my work both important and enjoyable. I invite all those who are interested to give me their thoughts on how my company can best benefit this project."

Library Holds 3rd Annual Volunteer Luncheon

The Dansville Public Library held its 3rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Thursday, September 13th recognizing the contributions of the nearly 120 volunteers who serve the Library. Mrs. Gay Frame was named as ‘Volunteer of the Year.’

Frame was recognized for her many years of service and dedication to the vital services of the Library. Frame served on the Board of Trustees for more than ten years holding the offices of Secretary and President. Her tenure as President occurred in the 1980s during a time of renovation and growth for the Library including securing a number of grants to add a handicapped accessible ramp, rewiring of the Library, updated heating systems and lighting, as well as staff expansion. In recent years, Frame continues to serve as a ‘Friend’ assisting at the Annual Book Sale and, most recently, as coordinator of the annual volunteer recognition luncheon.

Attended by 55 volunteers and guests, Director Teresa Dearing thanked all those present for their commitment to the Library. ‘Thanks to the generosity of volunteers like you,’ said Dearing, ‘we are able to do so much more for our community members.’ Volunteers of the Library range from ‘Friends’ who assist at events, to members of the Board of Trustees, to individuals who offer special talents or resources to the Library.

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 is a community center dedicated to providing a gathering place for residents to explore, to meet, to learn and to relax. For more information about the Library and its services and ways that you can help, or to take a tour of the library, contact Teresa Dearing, Director, Dansville Public Library all 585-335-6720. Or visit us on the web at

Library Is Recipient of Collection Development Grant

Dansville Public has received a Collection Development Grant in the amount of $500 from the Pioneer Library System. This has allowed the library to purchase 30 new books in the adult non-fiction Dewey Decimal area, 740-759. The library was one of 5 other libraries receiving a Collection Development Grant in 2007.

The Library has a printed booklist of all the new titles and the list is available at the Main Desk. Subject areas covered in the grant include knitting, crocheting, home remodeling, antiques, and papercraft.BR>

LIbrary Recognizes Senator Catharine Young

The Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees would like to thank Senator Cathy Young for her part in The New York State $14 Million Public Library Construction grant of 2006-07. Senator Young will be presenting a check to Sherrie Reilly, President of the Board of Trustees on Friday July 27th at 2:45 p.m.

The Dansville Public Library received $74,053 in State funding. The grant was used to help offset the costs of site preparation for the building expansion. The project included demolition of the former Wilcox auction building, asbestos abatement, back fill and grading. This one-time construction grant was approved by the New York State legislature in 2006. This spring New York State public libraries were delighted to learn that the grant has been continued for 2007. Libraries may apply for large projects requiring several years to complete.

‘This grant continues the active support Senator Young provides to libraries in her district, but especially to Dansville Public. We are so appreciative of the generosity of the state toward the people of Dansville and Library needs,’ said Sherrie Reilly, President of the Dansville Public Library Board of Trustees.

‘Libraries are an essential part of the community, especially in rural areas,’ Senator Young said. ‘As someone who grew up in Livingston County, I can remember how important a strong community library was to me and my family. When I was told of the building expansion plans in Dansville, I worked to help offset some of the costs with State funding.’

‘On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, our patrons and community, we want to thank Senator Cathy Young for her vote for public library construction grants. This is an important project to our community, and such financial resources are essential,’ said Teresa Dearing, Dansville Public Library Director. ‘The Library has experienced steady growth in the demand for our services which has outpaced our facilities. The grant assisted us in addressing the needs for additional library space.’

Library Expansion Update

The Dansville Public Library continues to work to finalize plans for the updated and expanded Library. Currently, the Library is working quietly to secure private funding from various sources. Once more is known, a public announcement will be made and support sought from the larger community.

Book Sale Receipts Are Up

The 31st Annual Used Book Sale of the Dansville Public Library, held during Dogwood Week, raised a record $2,517 and involved 45 volunteers. The sale was sponsored by the Friends of the Library and VanHyning’s Service Station.

‘This is the library’s biggest fundraiser,’ said Lynne Blum, President of the Friends of the Dansville Public Library. ‘Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, hardworking staff and overwhelming community support, we raised record funds for library services and materials.’

Volunteers for the event included: Nancy Allen, Roxie a’Uno, Doris Bacon, Carolyn Baker, Janet Beardsley, Margaret Biek, Suzy Boor, TJ Canfield, Bob Canuti, Norma Davis, Carole Day, Tyler Eldred, Cathy Fedorchuk, Terry Flannery, Eleanor Forsythe, Norma Forsythe, Linda Hines, Mary L Hammond, Rose Hayes, Don Hayton, Phyllis Hayton, Nancy Helfrich, Lil Hemmer, Dorothy Henty, Rebekah Hull, Holly Hull, Beth Kelly, Sherlee Keough, Francine Knapp, Marilyn Mahl, Mary Melenbacker, Jim Miller, Barb Mitchell, Rita Morsch, Richard Morsch, Ruth Morsch, Jerry Pilkenton, Peg Pitcher, Marie Roberts, Fran Schmitt, Pat Shafer, Janet Spring, Shirley Stewart, Lorraine Stremovihtg, and Joyce Williams.

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.

Library Book Sale May 14 – 19

The Dansville Public Library’s 31st Annual Used Book Sale will be held during the week of the Dogwood Festival May 14-19. Sale hours are Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday sale hours are noon until 4:00 p.m. The sale is located at VanHyning’s Warehouse on Milton Street.

Hundreds of hardcover and paperback books, both fiction and non-fiction are available for all age levels. Expected specials are half-price day on Wednesday and Fill-a-Bag-for-One-Dollar on Saturday.

This year’s sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Dansville Public Library and VanHyning’s Service Station. Last year, 49 volunteers raised over $2,000 during the sale. Most of this year’s sale receipts will go toward the Building Fund.

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.