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Levittown Library’s Newest Leader

Since grabbing the reins as the new director of the Levittown Public Library, on Feb. 1, Trina Reed has been hitting the ground running. Taking the place of former director Celeste Watman, who retired after eight years as Levittown’s chief librarian, Reed is already mingling with the public to find new ways to improve what is considered the central library in Nassau County. 

 

“We receive or hold documents in this library that are not available to any other library in the Nassau system and may be hard to find,” Reed said. According to Reed, the library features a government documents librarian whose purpose is to research hard-to-find documents and circulate them to other libraries when requested. She added that its central status enables it to receive New York State aid to achieve its mission of maintaining the librarian position and the research. Only the East Meadow Public Library shares a similar status, as “co-central” library. 

 

“I came here to look for a new challenge,” she added.

 

Prior to coming to Levittown, Reed served as the director of the Uniondale Public Library, where she worked with staff to implement several new programs and services, including the Museum Pass Collection, the Uniondale Public Library Oral History Project and librarian visits to home childcare facilities. In addition, Reed said she helped implement new technology and oversaw the construction of a wireless classroom training center and theater renovation. 

 

“My last construction project at the Uniondale Public Library was the creation of a new teen space, adult learning center and library café,” Reed said. “The final phase of the construction project is in progress now.” 

 

30-year Career

 

Beginning her career in 1984 as a page at the Hempstead Public Library, she received her Master of Library Science degree from Queens College in 1993. After graduating, Reed went on to work as a reference and a children’s librarian at several libraries in New York and New Jersey, before coming across an opportunity to live in Japan as an Information Specialist. 

 

Returning stateside, she would later be given director positions at libraries in Lakeview and Elmont. 

 

Books vs. Technology?

 

Libraries are no longer just conservatories of books, she said, but are adapting to a digital future. Currently, the Levittown Public Library has 18 computers, 8 laptops and 5 iPads. She added that a grant for 23 Google Nexus tablets would soon make the devices available for library patrons. 

 

Perhaps the most exciting device in its evergrowing arsenal, is the 3D printer, which creates real and palpable three-dimensional objects. “We’re still studying that technology before we make it available to the public,” she said, but promised that the 3D printer will soon be available to patrons.

 

Libraries As Community Resource Centers

 

With state projects being developed, to turn libraries into community resource centers in the event of another catastrophic weather event, Reed said the concept of the library as a community resource center is already here. 

 

“We are no longer just conservatories of books,” Reed asserted, but “we are community centers.”

According to Reed, this is an exciting time to work in the library, as they typically reinvent themselves to keep up wwith the changing needs of their communities. 

 

“I look forward to getting to know the Levittown community... to find out what special or unique programs and services they want in our library,” Reed said. “I will work to enhance the items they like and improve the areas our patrons don’t like.”

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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