Annual Report from the Library Manager – Calendar Year 2018
Carthage Free Library had a successful year. We supplied patrons with access to books and on-line; e-books, music, data bases and classes, through our library and in cooperation with the North Country Library System (NCLS).
In 2018 we received funding from Pratt-Northam Foundation and the Fort Drum Spouses Club for our children’s Summer Reading Program, a Weeding Grant for new books from NCLS, and funds from a New York State Construction Grant for our parking lot project. The first phase of the parking lot project was completed; demolition of the existing house on the property and preparation of the site. Plans for phases two are in the planning stage. Library staff attended several training workshops at NCLS. We had a change in staff this year, with Mary Harding leaving. Melissa Trombley and Isabel Bamberg are sharing the vacated position. Jessica Grant took over the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion aka GED) tutoring when Mary Harding left. Jessica is paid through a NCLS grant. Deborah Currier is working as a Library Aide, funded through the Department of Social Services. We partnered with BOCES, Headstart, Carthage Summer Recreation, and the Carthage Chamber of Commerce and led several school visits at the Library. We donated food collected from patrons and donated books to the VEM food pantry, and donated books to Carthage Pediatric Clinic and Carthage Area Hospital. We again partnered with the Carthage Summer Recreation program for our Summer Reading Program. Isabel Bamberg and Adalee Bamberg led the Summer Reading Program, with ninety one children registered plus a group from the Recreation program attending once a week. We held two special events for the Summer program, and also partnered with Sally Ploof Memorial Library in Black River to bring in a special program from the Merry Go Round Playhouse. We had volunteers help in the Library, both from the general public and for school required volunteer hours and court ordered Community Service. We have five regular volunteers in the Heritage Room, organizing materials and helping patrons with research. Friends of the Library is trying to re-organize after Mary Harding left. Mary was the Friends president and also volunteer coordinator. In 2018 our Friends paid for new book bins in the Children’s Room, painting in the Teen Room, blinds for the check out area, refreshments for Trivia Night at Jose O’Connor restaurant and a new phone system for the Library. Our Community Room continued to be used for Library programs as well as by the community. Outside groups using the room were an Art Class, health insurance assistance, and several non-profit groups.
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