Wednesday, October 8th 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 2015 budget and trustee candidates at the libraries.
Contact the Board of Elections with questions about voter registration: 435-8683.
Where can I vote? Voting is held in the NOPL libraries from noon until 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 8th. 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.
About the 2015 Library Budget Vote
On October 8th
, NOPL taxpayers will have the opportunity to vote on the 2015 library budget. Residents of Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse consistently show support for their libraries, and the trustees, administration and staff would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Next year’s budget controls costs and stays within the New York State tax cap requirements. At the same time, a small tax increase and savings in some areas will make it possible for us to continue to improve and expand our services and programs.
To help protect taxpayer-funded resources the Board has implemented the use of a fee-based library card for out-of-county residents. NOPL now charges $35 for full borrowing privileges. With or without the card, everyone is welcome to visit a NOPL library to read, use a computer, ask a question, or attend a program.
On October 1st we’ll launch a new service. Described as “the world’s largest newsstand”, Zinio for Libraries offers access to popular magazines that can be streamed or downloaded to a mobile device. There are no holds required, no loan periods, and no limit to the number of magazines that library cardholders can download.
- What is the tax request for 2014? $2,368,846
- Is this a tax increase? Yes, it is a very modest increase of 1.56%. In 2015, a family living in a $100,000 home in the NOPL district will see their annual library tax go up by approximately $1.02 to $66.15
- Why is an increase needed? We continue to improve our services and collections, including popular digital collections of eBooks, audiobooks and downloadable music. Our costs have increased in some areas we have no control over, and as our buildings age, we’re addressing small problems before they become big problems.
Return on Investment (What do NOPL Libraries offer?)
- NOPL libraries are open a total of 173.5 hours per week. There are more than 118,601 books, magazines, DVD’s, music CD’s, computer games and audiobooks in our collections. We provide access to homework, test preparation, general research and language databases, and thousands of downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, movies and TV shows, and music. Most importantly, we have librarians, who answered more than 20,000 questions in 2013.
- Our libraries offer free high speed Internet access, and there are 69 pc’s, laptops and iPads available for use. We also offer wireless Internet access and printing.
- NOPL’s Summer Reading Program helps students maintain reading skills and enriches their lives and their vocabularies. This year 3,032 kids and parents attended 106 summer programs, and 786 children and teens read 7005 books.
- 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 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.
Download the 2015 Budget
For more information please come to the
Library Budget Listening Session
at NOPL at Cicero October 2nd at 6:30 pm.
Northern Onondaga Public Library Trustee Election
Maj. Frank L. Laifer (North Syracuse) – Running for 2nd term.
Frank has held the position on the board since 2011 and has been a strong supporter of the Out-of-System Borrower’s policy started at NOPL in 2013. He has been instrumental in promoting the installation of AED’s (Automatic Emergency Defibrillators) in all (3) of the NOPL branches. Frank is a retired Air Force officer with an undergraduate degree in English from Brooklyn College in NYC and an MBA from SU. He is a member of, and CNY Admission Test Proctor for, American Mensa. He maintains his NY teaching certificate, substituting for grades 7-12. He loves books, classical music, and has taken an active role in developing the collection of operas available at NOPL. Frank has lived in the North Syracuse area for a combined total of 40 years.
Wayne M. Chase Jr. (North Syracuse)
Wayne Chase has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY and a MBA from Syracuse University. He works as an engineering manager for OpTerra Energy Services, a performance contracting company specializing in the renovation of schools and colleges to make them more energy efficient. He is fan of Japanese animation and manga, science fiction, and home brewing beer. Wayne founded Anime Syracuse in 2006, which holds events at local libraries and an annual convention that draws over 3,000 attendees. He grew up in Cicero, is married with twin daughters, and has lived in the North Syracuse area for 19 years. Wayne and his family have been patrons of the North Syracuse Public Library regularly since 2005, when his daughters began attending Story Hour and other library events, as well as borrowing many books.
Randy L. Lacelle (Cicero)
Hello, my name is Randy Lacelle. I currently reside in Brewerton, NY and have lived in the Cicero area with my wife Tracy for the past twenty years. We have three grown daughters whose families actively use the services of the NOPL libraries. After retiring as a Police Officer from the Syracuse Police Dept. in 2012, I began my new career as a Contract Federal Investigator. As a former NOPL Board of Trustee member, I am looking forward to serving again. Thank you.
Susan Kowalski (Brewerton)
Sue Kowalski is a Brewerton resident and has been a school librarian in the East Syracuse Minoa School District since 2003. She is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University. She was a classroom teacher for 10 years in the Syracuse City School District before starting her library career. Sue is active with NYLA (New York Library Association) and is the current Past President of NYLA-SSL (Section of School Librarians) and was recently elected for a 3 year term as Councilor at Large for NYLA. Pine Grove Middle School received the National School Library Program of the Year in 2011. Sue was a recipient of the “I Love My Librarian” Award in 2012 and named a Visionary Leader in Learning Commons by Teacher Librarian Magazine. Sue serves on many committees and task forces through SSL, AASL (American Association of School Libraries) and ALA (American Library Association. Sue served as a trustee for NOPL 3 years ago and would like to again be part of the leadership team.