After finishing up yet another busy summer of library services, I can again report that we have been even busier in terms of the services and programs we offer, the amount of materials made available through our C/W Mars network and state-wide delivery service, and the overall number of patrons who call our library their “home library”.
I can attest to the statement made above by looking at the statistics from a report that I complete each summer. The state’s Annual Report Information Survey (ARIS) for 2015 compiles statistics from each public library in the Commonwealth on a variety of services so that standards can be evaluated and set for all libraries that wish to participate in the State Aid to Public Libraries program. Milestones reached as reported in this survey for East Longmeadow for the fiscal year ending June 30th include: a circulation total of 224,551 items, including approximately 25,000 of our items that were requested by patrons from other libraries; a record 10,246 children who attended 300 Children’s programs offered during the past year, and meeting rooms that were utilized by the library, town and other non-profit groups more than 440 times in the past year. In addition, more than 10,000 residents have an East Longmeadow Public Library card. Amazingly, on average, 2,600 people visit your public library every week!
In staffing news, we’ve recently hired Lyndsay Johnson as our new Adult Services Librarian. Lyndsay holds an MLS degree from Drexel University and was hired to join our Information Services department. Her primary duties will be assisting patrons with their research needs and facilitating adult programs throughout the year.
Come join us for Heaven is for Real
Friday, October 3rd
Library Community Room
The true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. He recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth.
Drop-in and learn how to download free eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library’s Digital Catalog to your mobile device, laptop, or e-reader. A valid library card is required. We will meet in the library conference room.
Tuesday, September 16th
11:00 – 12:00 am.
Thursday, September 25th
3:30 – 4:30 pm.
Now you can practice online for your MA driver’s permit test for cars and motorcycles. Find out how to get or renew your driver’s license. Need to brush up on MA road signs and road situations? Try the 50 question image-only MA Permit Practice Test.
Access is free and does not require a library card or any personal information.
Click on this logo and start practicing!
Consumer Reports, one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products, is now available online to patrons with an East Longmeadow library card. Content includes product reviews, ratings, recommendations, videos and much more. Consumer Reports is available from our library webpage. You will find the link to Consumer Reports under the heading “ACCESS WITH YOUR EL CARD“.
You will also find a link to Consumer Reports in the Consumer section of our Subject Guide to Online Resources.
Letters to the Editor – The Reminder – May 12, 2014
Brian A. Falk, chairman
East Longmeadow Local Emergency Planning Committee
I know you have heard this title before, but it deserves to continue to be asked. One upcoming date of importance is June 1. What’s so great about that date you ask?
It stands for many things, with one being an annual event and the other an anniversary.
June 1 is the start of the hurricane season. Are we going to have a quiet year or one that is very busy? It’s hard to tell, but are you prepared for such an event? It is also, in case anyone might have forgotten, is the anniversary of the 2011 Westfield to Charlton Tornado. Though it missed our community, East Longmeadow, we may not be so lucky the next time. So once again, are you prepared?
Have you thought about, even briefly, becoming a “trained” volunteer for you, your family, your neighbors and the community?
There are two of these organizations that are active in East Longmeadow. There is the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT for short, and the Medical Reserve Corps or MRC.
CERT team members are trained in disaster response. The training helps its members to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people, starting with your family. Training covers hazard identification, reducing fire hazards and extinguishing small fires, light search & rescue, basic medical techniques, and survivor stress as examples.
MRC corps members receive training in personal safety, sheltering, basic incident command, basic first aid, psychological first aid and disaster psychology, as examples. Though it sounds like you need a medical background, it is not necessary, as many functions do not require that type of training.
For more information you can contact: Brian Falk for CERT and Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman for MRC through the Selectmen’s Office at 525-5400 ext. 1100.
State Links – www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema www.WMMRC.org
Now, it starts with you, are you ready?
Brian A. Falk, chairman
East Longmeadow Local Emergency Planning Committee
The East Longmeadow Public Library is pleased to announce its participation once again in the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) “Use Nature as Your Library” Program. As part of this program, the library has made available for borrowing a Massachusetts “Parks Pass” which can be used to park free at over 50 day-use facilities in the state parks system through December 31, 2014. In order to borrow the “Parks Pass”, we require that you have a valid library card either from our library or another C/WMars library. You must show your library card when you pick up the pass. The pass is valid for one vehicle only (buses or vans excluded) and must be returned to the East Longmeadow Library within 3 days. More information on how to borrow the “Parks Pass” is available by either visiting or calling the library (413-525-5400 x1511). The Department of Conservation and Recreation provides more information about this program on their website. Make plans this year to explore over 449,000 acres of parks, forests, mountains and beaches right in your own backyard. By participating in this program, your local public library would like to help you make the most of your visit!
It’s that time of year again. Preparing tax returns is often a difficult task for many of us. If you feel you need assistance, there are free tax preparation programs available to you. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. The following information was taken from http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers
A limited supply of tax forms will be available at the library by the end of January. Tax forms are also available online. If you need assistance printing a tax form, please stop by the library Information Desk.
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.
The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
Interested in becoming a VITA or TCE volunteer?
Visit the Volunteer page to find how you can learn to prepare taxes and make a difference at the same time.
Self-Help Tax Preparation
In addition to traditional face-to-face tax preparation, the IRS is offering a self-assistance service at many VITA and TCE locations. If individuals have a simple tax return and need a little help or do not have access to a computer, they can visit one of the participating tax preparation sites and an IRS-certified volunteer will guide them through the process.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all you a healthy and happy new year. As I begin my tenth year here as Library Director I can happily report that your library continues to be as busy as ever (as evidenced by our steadily increasing circulation, and by the number of new programs and services made available in the past year).
Libraries, including ours, need your continued support, however, especially in these times of economic uncertainty. Fortunately, there are ways to voice and show your support in your own backyard. Mark your calendar to attend a Library Legislative Breakfast in your area. While the East Longmeadow Public Library (along with other area libraries) has hosted this event in past years, this year’s event will be held at the Longmeadow Public (Storrs) Library. Scheduled for Friday, February 28th, this event offers you a chance to meet your state legislators and other library supporters from regional and local levels to discuss funding issues facing Massachusetts libraries in the coming year.
Senator Gale Candaras (D), representing the 1st Hampden and Hampshire districts, has been invited to speak, along with representatives from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), and the C/WMars automated library network. They will provide attendees with an overview of legislative issues facing their agencies in FY2015. The theme for this year’s legislative agenda for libraries is “Massachusetts libraries are working to end the digital lockout”. Read More→