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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

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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