Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Dispatches from a Public Librarian"

Click the image below for an interesting and well-written article on the state of public libraries.

Other News for Today

October 31: Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meeting at 11:00 A.M. Cider and doughnuts!

November 14: Local author Cassidy O'Connor will be here - 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. A talk on the paranormal and her new book, Haunted Buffalo, along with a book signing time are on the docket for the day. Cassidy is featured on the front page of the SPOTLIGHT section (F) of "The Buffalo News", Sunday, October 25. Come and meet her in person...more cider and doughnuts!

November 21: TEENS and TWEENS are invited to come and make jewelry for themselves or for gifts. Choose from duct tape, paper, o-rings, or nuts-and-bolts for cool, unique wearable art. Suitable for both boys and girls. Bring a friend and your Library Card. Sign-ups begin next week! Sponsored by TAG. (Patterns and assistance will be provided.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Library Advocates ARISE!!!

Our funding is in jeopardy! The Governor has proposed 10% cut across the board (except for 4.5% for School Aid) to resolve a mid-year state budget deficit of almost $3 billion. This means an additional $3.3 million cut in Library Aid on top of the three cuts received over the past 18 months that have reduced Library Aid from $102 million in 2007 to $91 million as of April 2009.

If the proposed $3.3 million goes through, it would bring Library Aid down to $88 million a level not seen since 1998. Libraries have already contributed their fair share toward reducing the state's budget shortfalls. Library services are needed now more than ever. Please contact your state legislator to urge them to reject the proposed cuts.

The New York Library Association has already drafted a letter for you to send out to state policymakers. All you need to do is type in your name, address and zipcode and our software will identify your state elected officials for you. Now advocating for your library services can be quick, simple and timely, plus there is no cost to you. Click the banner below to lend your voice!

If you wish to personalize your letter, a list of OWWL system services can be found at We recommend that you insert your personal comments at the beginning of the form letter to ensure that your comments will be read.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, October 26, 2009


FOOD FOR FINES From Oct 26 to Nov 21
Again this year Arcade Free Library will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue fines during these dates.

One item of food equals up to $1.00 in fines.

Canned Veggies
Canned Fruit
Peanut Butter

This program does not include lost or damaged books.

The first day has gotten off to a good start with donations.