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About the Library

A Letter from the Board of Trustees

Dear Friend of the Library,

We believe that the Hornell Public Library is an asset to the Hornell area community. While the library continues to provide traditional services, it has adapted to the digital age by embracing the new technology. The acquisition of digital technology, in conjunction with its fine collection of fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, newspapers, and periodicals, provides rich resources of enjoyment, enlightenment, and research needs for our patrons.

We have acquired DVDs and Kindle Fires. Also available at the library are the Evening Tribune on microfilm (from 1851) audio books on CD, and the data base Ancestry Library. Patrons can print materials in both color and black and white and send and receive faxes.

Computer services have been improved and updated and can be used for free. Many find this service helpful in applying for jobs that require online applications.

Patrons can also obtain computer, eDevice instruction, such as on Kindles, either for the individual (by request) or in classes held periodically.

The card holder can access from a home computer, mobile phones, tablet, or other e-Device downloadable books, audio books, movies, music (Freegal), magazines (Zinnio) and data bases such as Heritage Quest and NewsBank.

With the assistance of many volunteers, including our wonderful Friends of the Library organization, we have been able to present many programs of literary and historical interest. The Civil War Series that the library sponsored was a big hit. There are many programs for children. The weekly story hours and the summer reading and the entertainment program are just three of them. In 2015 we had 7 adult programs with 82 attending, and for the children there were 99 programs with 1456 children attending and 538 adults.

The duality of merging new technology with traditional materials, the presentation of programs, and vital upgrades, create considerable expense, along with boxes of books that need to be ordered.

Furthermore, there are always needed improvements to our facility: repairs to the roof, painting, and interior lighting, heating and cooling equipment.

Most recently we invested in a necessary security system. We have recently installed CO2 detectors, and interior secure doors, along with cameras as part of our security system.

Also, A large part of our budget is committed to providing equitable pay to our employees. That enables us to remain open 51 hours a week. For the last three years, on the first of January, we have had to apply a wage increase as per state law. We have not asked for an increase in aid in three years.

Your library's goal is to move forward despite increased library costs and reductions in state aid, while causing little or no increase in our local funding sources.

To help us offer the services expected by the community, please consider a tax-deductible gift, using the enclosed form to indicate your wishes. Your donation may be in your name or used as a memorial to honor someone special to you. We notify the person or family per your instructions.

Thank you for your generosity. Your unrestricted donation greatly assists in meeting general and other expenses.

Sincerely,

Board of Trustees Hornell Public Library

Josephine Ciancaglini, Carla Johnson, Shawn Fish, Suzanne Knapp, David Hardy, Joseph Liberto, Diana Hovorka, Mary McDaniels, Rex Wiggers

Click here to download a copy of this letter, along with a donation form