The Woodstock Library 2018 Budget Passes
263 yes votes, 53 no votes.
Caroline Jerome received 254 votes, Bobby Bui received 242 votes, and Barry Miller received 234 votes.
Jerome and Bui will serve 5 year terms, Miller will serve a 4 year term all beginning January 2018.
Thank you Woodstockers for your votes, we received 83% yes votes.
Jessica A. Kerr, Library Director
Woodstock Public Library District Notice of Election for Library Budget and Board of Trustees for registered voters of the Town of Woodstock, Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 12 noon to 9pm at Woodstock Public Library District – 5 Library Lane Woodstock, NY 12498.
Should the budget proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Woodstock Public Library District in the amount of $627, 917.50 be approved? Yes or No.
Vote for three – Bobby Hiep Bui, Caroline Jerome, Barry Miller.
Absentee ballots are available at the Library. Applications can be downloaded as a PDF here Application for Absentee Ballot 2018.
2018 Budget Thoughts
The Woodstock Library is a vital part of the community. We serve a large portion of our residents and we strive to provide excellent service. We continue to change to meet the needs of the people we serve. We have added important services in the last few years, technology assistance appointments, homebound delivery services, more programs for teens, more writing workshops, and more computers available to our patrons.
Additions to the 2018 Budget were made in part by responding to our latest survey (January 2016). Survey respondents appreciated most the Library’s staff. Next year’s budget includes raises for staff and is getting the Library clerk staff closer to what will be New York State’s upcoming minimum wage changes. Many responses included the appreciation for the materials they borrow through the Mid-Hudson Library System so there are small increases to materials, especially digital resources which don’t require any extra shelf space and have been used in steadily increasing numbers year after year.
Other suggestions were increasing our programming to patrons. We have maintained steady programming this year with good attendance, and nice feedback but are expecting to add more offerings this fall. Other changes to the budget are a result of our changes this year in how we’ve been spending and receiving gifts from The Friends of the Library. The Library has been spending monies on programming that the Friends have traditionally paid for and the Friends are reimbursing the Library, so far in 2017 the Friends have sponsored $11, 367.78 worth of programming. The intent of this change is for Trustees, taxpayers, and interested community members to see the significant value in programming costs The Friends have always been working hard to give this community.
Other significant recommendations were to increase the size of the Library by expanding, improve the Library’s interior ambiance, to be open more days or hours, and to provide more technology, and technology learning opportunities. We are working to address some of these through seeking grants, fully investigating the impacts of more days and hours on staffing costs while maintaining quality service, and continuing our process of finding the best solution to creating more quality square footage for the Library.
I expect we as a community can come to a decision that is going to be the best choice so we can work together to fundraise, and build a better Library for Woodstockers to enjoy for many years. Meanwhile we will continue to increase our offerings and ensure we are serving the most people as possible. September is Library Card Sign Up month and we hope we can get the word out to everyone.
~ Jessica A. Kerr, Library Director
Curious about the value of your Library usage? Visit: http://resources.mhls.info/library-value-calculator (http://resources NULL.mhls NULL.info/library-value-calculator/)/ to find out.
Questions about this or other Library matters? Please visit or contact us:
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 am-8 pm
- Thursday & Friday: 10 am-6 pm
- Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
- Closed: Sunday & Monday
Email: info @ woodstock . org
Petition forms are now available at the Library for those who wish to run for the Library Board of Trustees of the Woodstock Public Library District.
Petition forms read as follows: This petition is directed to the Clerk of the Woodstock Public Library District. I, the undersigned, do hereby state that I am qualified to vote at a general Town of Woodstock election and am thereby a qualified voter of the Woodstock Public Library District for which a nomination of public office is hereby made. That my present place of residence is truly stated opposite my signature hereto and that I do hereby nominate the following named person:
as a candidate for election to the Woodstock Public Library District Board of Trustees to be voted for at the election to be held Thursday, September 7th, 2017 from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.
- Petitions require twenty-five (25) qualified voters’ signatures. Please count the signatures before turning in your petitions. Qualified voters are those registered to vote in the Town of Woodstock.
- Please be sure that names are printed and then signed. Put the residence not a PO Box.
- Petitions must be given to the Clerk of the Woodstock Public Library or his/her appointed Deputy at the Woodstock Public Library no later than Tuesday, August 8th, 2016 at 6:00pm.
–Jessica A. Kerr, Library Director
Forms can be picked up at the library at the Circulation Desk or downloaded as PDF: Woodstock Library Trustee Petitions.