The Glen Cove Interagency Council recently held its monthly meeting at the Glen Cove Library. After a warm welcome from Library Director Kathie Flynn, the library staff gave IAC members an overview of the vast array of services that are available at the library.
Glen Cove is fortunate to have a library that has something to offer patrons of all ages, starting with parent/child activities for toddlers. In addition to encouraging a lifelong love of reading, the library offers a number of computer programs to assist school age children with their homework, including tutor.com, which provides individual assistance to students by qualified teachers who have at least a master’s degree. The library also has an online program to assist youngsters in learning eight foreign languages. Young patrons can also join the library’s Lego club and participate in many STEM-related, music, and arts and crafts activities.
The library also offers an exciting summer reading program for youth and has a flourishing Teen Advisory Board. The Teen Advisory Board consists of approximately 20 teens who meet once a month. They discuss books, make recommendations for future programs and volunteer at the library. Local students also participate in the Any Soldier program, writing letters to our soldiers and sending them care packages of donated items.
The library also sponsors special programs for patrons. Some recent programs include a country and cabaret music show that was standing room only, a jazz and soul program for Black History Month, a program of songs and stories from Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day and a program on the golden age of baseball. AARP offered free tax assistance to all through April 15.
The librarians bring the library to patrons who otherwise may not be able to avail themselves of its services. For example, once a month a librarian goes to the Glen Cove Day Care Center to read to the children. The children are then given a copy of the book that was read so they can reread it at home. Librarians also bring artifacts from the library to the assisted living facilities in Glen Cove since it is often difficult for their residents to come to the library.
The library is keeping up with the latest technology. It has many online databases, access to free music downloads and access to a large number of eBooks. The library has also purchased 10 Nook e-readers. They are preloaded with books and available for patrons to check out.
Library staff is currently collaborating with the North Shore Historical Museum to create an oral history of Glen Cove. The project will preserve the history of Glen Cove as told by local citizens and politicians.
The library also has a bilingual librarian on staff who is trying to increase awareness of the library and its services to residents who primarily speak Spanish. In addition to increasing the number of Spanish language books, the library offers a children’s story time in Spanish, conversations in Spanish for adults and an informal learning exchange.
Members of the IAC include community leaders representing a variety of human and social service agencies throughout Glen Cove. It reflects Glen Cove’s rich cultural, religious and ethnic diversity and meets regularly to identify and address changing needs in the community. This network has resulted in numerous projects and collaborations that benefit Glen Cove residents on a daily basis.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.