Wednesday October 9 from 12-7pm
Registered voters within NOPL’s special district (Towns of Cicero & Clay excluding Baldwinsville, Phoenix & Liverpool school districts.) can vote on NOPL’s proposed 2014 budget and trustee candidates at the libraries.
Listening Session Thursday, October 3, from 6 pm to 8pm at the NOPL @ Cicero Library. Contact the Board of Elections with questions about voter registration: 435-8683. Issues:
Trustee Election: Meet the Candidates
Three positions on the Board of Trustees of the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) are up for election. Trustees are elected to four-year terms and meet once a month to set policy and oversee the business of the library. There is one position open for each NOPL district in Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse.
Running in North Syracuse
Melissa Potratz grew up in the North Syracuse are and graduated from the Cicero-North Syracuse High School. She currently teaches English in the district. Melissa and her husband (who was her high school sweetheart) have two young children. She has been filling out a board vacancy since January, and looks forward to beginning her own full-term as a NOPL trustee.
Running in Brewerton
Susan B. Corieri brings unique expertise to the NOPL Board of Trustees. Since July of 2010 she has been Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. The iSchool, as it’s called, has a national reputation for educating innovative librarians. Sue, who has been filling out a vacant term since November 2012, lives in Brewerton with her family.
Running in Cicero
Patricia Bragman has lived in the area for 24 years and has served as a NOPL trustee since 2006. Retired from the credit department of Sears Roebuck, Pat now volunteers in the community and enjoys close relationships with her four children and six grandchildren, all of whom live locally.
Questions and Answers about the 2014 Library Budget Vote
Where can I vote? Voting is held in the NOPL libraries from noon until 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 9th. You must go to the library in your voting district to vote. Each library has a large map on display that will help you to determine which library is your voting location. Staff members can also help you with this. If you are going to be out of town on the day of the election, you can request an absentee ballot at any of the three libraries.
Don’t my school taxes support the library? No. NOPL is a special district library, established by an act of the New York State legislature, and we are required to hold our own budget vote and trustee elections.
What is the tax request for 2014? $2,332,460
Is this a tax increase? Yes, it is a very modest increase of 2%, which will allow us to meet the rising costs of providing library services. In 2014, a family living in a $100,000 home in the NOPL district will see their annual library tax go up by approximately $1.28 to $65.13
Why is an increase needed? As our buildings age, we’re addressing small problems before they become big problems. We’ll be adding 2.5 hours per week at all three libraries – opening a full day on Saturdays instead of 10-3. We know that weekends are times when families can visit the library together. We continue to improve our services and collections, including online resources like ebooks and digital magazines, and to add events and activities for children, teens and adults.
Return on Investment (What do NOPL Libraries offer?)
In 2014, NOPL libraries will be open a total of 173.5 hours per week. There are more than 18,000 items in our collections – books and magazines, DVD’s, music CD’s, and audiobooks. We provide access to homework and research databases, downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music. Most importantly, we have librarians, who answered more than 17,800 questions in 2012.
Our libraries offer free high speed Internet access, and there are 61 PCs and 8 iPads available for use. We also offer wireless Internet access and printing for laptop users.
NOPL’s Summer Reading Program helps students maintain reading skills and enriches their lives and their vocabularies. This year 3074 kids and parents attended 88 summer programs, and 596 children and teens read 10,506 books – an average of 19 books read by each child and 10 books read by each teen!
We offer experiences and learning opportunities for adults. Among the possibilities… get help with a resume or job application, stop in for one-on-one help with your mobile device, attend a military history lecture, take a yoga or dance class, listen to a concert, join a book club, Library Friends or knitting group, or grow vegetables and learn from other gardeners through our LibraryFarm project.