Services at Richards Library to increase

To the Adirondack Journal:

Richards Library provides many benefits to the communities it serves, besides just lending books. Services will increase considerably upon completion of the new addition, if the library’s proposed levy is approved by voters in May.

The Richards Library —

• serves as the community’s continuing- and adult-education institution;

• offers a safe place for children to study after school;

• provides four public computers with Internet access will increase to 10; plus new wi-fi and e-reader downloads;

• provides an efficient copier – and the only public fax service now in town;

• hosts research resources, newspaper archives, and a genealogy database, access to materials of 53 other libraries as well as audio & e-books, magazines, videos, and music;

• introduces pre-schoolers to books and reading via story hours and large collection of children’s books;

• serves as a support site for tutoring, GED, and home schooling;

• provides a location for support groups, community groups and a neutral site for parental visitation;

• is a designated as an access site for the State Library for the Blind;

• features a community bulletin board and website;

When the new library’s new addition is completed, the public can look forward to:

• a large meeting room with wide-screen video equipment for lectures, book clubs, movies, volunteer classes;

• expansion of outreach services to Countryside Adult Home to include shut-ins and elderly;

• addition of handicap parking, elevator, and bathrooms;

• new space to accommodate both exhibits and new programs for all ages;

• six more public computer terminals and increased hours of operation.

The world around us is changing and the library is changing with it!

Alice W. Damp, Warrensburg

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