Recently, voters in the Roslyn School District approved a revised budget for the 2004-2005 school year. On Wednesday, July 28, those same voters approved the Bryant Library's 2004/2005 Operating Budget. The vote, which was held at the library, was 732 in favor to 397 in opposition. In both instances, the first vote on the school and library budgets had been defeated.
"As our community continues to heal from the recent chain of events, the library board of trustees would like to thank all residents, who by their votes, showed that the Bryant Library is a vital part of the community," said library board of trustees President Gladys Lasoff.
"Roslyn has always been a community that places a high value on education and its educational resources," Ms. Lasoff added. "The community's passage of the library's operating budget solidly demonstrates that."
"The approval of the operating budget makes it possible for the Bryant Library to continue to provide the level of services, programs and materials residents have come to expect," commented library director Elizabeth McCloat. "It's no doubt that Roslyn community members are avid readers and books are the foundation of the Bryant Library. Today's libraries build on that foundation and extend to services that are vital, valuable and virtual."
A Bryant Library card, Ms. McCloat added, opens the door to books, audio books, DVDs, magazines, computer training, notary service, and online resources available in the library as well as 24 hours a day through the library's website.
The library continues to offer a broad spectrum of programming that reaches out to children, young adults and adults. Children's programs are designed to introduce kids to the world of reading through story times, reading clubs and workshops. Adult and young adult programs include lectures, discussions and concerts that introduce individuals to different perspectives.
"Throughout our preparations for the July 28 revote, we heard many encouraging comments from residents and we appreciate all the suggestions and offers of help. This is what makes Roslyn a special place," said Director McCloat. "Our staff is very happy to be a conduit for your life-long learning," she added.
On May 18, the library's 2004-2005 budget was defeated by a vote of 1,855 to 1,569. The budget that was approved on July 28 totaled $4,059,855 in expenditures.
In the run-up to the July 28 vote, the library's board of trustees held a public meeting on July 14 to explain the ramifications of the second vote. Library officials said that the revised budget represented a reduction in the tax levy from a 4.2 percent increase to a 2.9 percent increase.
Library officials also said that if the new budget had been rejected, then the library's budget would be frozen at the previous year's level. New York State, library officials noted, does not offer any provision for a contingency budget for libraries.
Such a budget would have forced library officials to make cuts in hours and services totaling $107,000 in expenditures. Ms. Lasoff said that both children's and adult programs would have been affected. In addition, cuts would have been made in computer upgrades and audio-visual materials.
In other library news, the Bryant Library's newsletter is now available on the website. Visit the Library at www.nassaulibrary.org/bryant to see all the latest library happenings.