ON THE LIBRARY
If you want to help libraries, spend a few minutes today writing to
your State Senator and your State Assemblyperson to ask for their votes
in favor of libraries. State funding for libraries has been stagnant for
seven years and now the Governor is proposing a 5% cut.
State funding is vital to the Southern Tier Library System (STLS).
STLS provides a variety of services to 50 member libraries in a 5 county
area. They catalog and process all books, videos, DVDs and
audiocassettes. New books and interlibrary materials are received three
times a week through their delivery service. Member libraries are
connected via dedicated phone lines to the main computer at their
headquarters near Painted Post. The technology department keeps the
software and hardware in working order. They provide Internet access.
The staff offers professional consulting services. In 2003, STLS cut 30%
of its personnel.
Everyday people use the services of STLS here in Wellsville.
Currently, one person is writing a novel. She is borrowing newspapers on
microfilm through interlibrary loan to research the facts of an actual
event. Another person, who is a family man, is using State-funded
databases to write a school paper on longevity. Many people use MEDLINE
to find answers about their prescription drugs and other medical
"Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Mary Jacobs,
the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published monthly
in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.
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date below to read an article from the archive.
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|Our library is funded
mainly through the David A. Howe Endowment, local tax dollars and gifts.
Yet, State budget support is essential in maintaining services in our
Click here to tell us
how you use our website or the library!
|You can call the library at 593-3410
for the name and address of your State representatives or use their
websites: http://www.senate.state.ny.us/ and http://assembly.state.ny.us/.
The legislators will be back in Albany after spring break on April 14.
Your letters and phone calls are important to convince them library
services are needed and used in our community.
This page was last updated
November 19, 2007.