Today’s letters: Barb Hubbard and Dave Cordone are running for re-election to the school board; the Friends of History say thank you; and the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees answer some questions.
By Ashley M. Casey
Voters in the Fulton City School District will have two decisions to make concerning the fate of the Fulton Public Library in the May 20 election: how it’s funded and who runs it.
The library is putting forth two propositions for next month’s elections. One would make the library a school district library — solely funded by a tax that the district collects, eliminating the city of Fulton’s responsibility. The other puts the election of the board of trustees up to the voters as well. Currently, the city appoints trustees to the board. Continue reading
“What Do Your Words Say About You?” is the latest class for young writers being offered by the Fulton Public Library.
For youth ages 8-13, the week-long program will feature engaging activities for those who love to write and want to improve their skills.
The program will take place at the library from July 29 through Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily.
Instructors for the class are Karen Burke and Jim Farfaglia.
Burke is a former teacher from the Oswego City School District and Farfaglia is retired from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. Both have spent recent years developing their own writing as well as sharing their ideas with others by leading classes.
“We are happy to have Karen and Jim back to provide programming for young writers,” said Betty Maute, director of the Fulton Public Library.
Burke said. “Writing, teaching and working with young people is a winning trio for me. I’m excited about the opportunity to spark interest in young writers and to enjoy the enthusiasm that young people bring to a new experience.”
Farfaglia said, “It is always a pleasure to work with young people who love to write. Karen and I are planning an interactive program, with lots of activities to stir creative minds and inspire good writing.”
There is no fee for this program. A snack will be served each day. There is a limited number of slots available for the class and those interested should call 315-592-5159.
Once registered, participants will have their name put in a lottery. The class will be selected randomly from all names submitted.
The Fulton Public Library is introducing “Every Child Ready To Read,” a program designed for prekindergarten children and families.
“We’re excited to add Every Child Ready To Read,” Director Betty Maute said. “The program works with children from birth to age 5 in a free, exciting workshop series that will help prepare children with the skills they will need to learn to read before they start school.”
The program will be offered June 11, 18 and 25, and July 2, 9 and 16. Children ages 3-5 years workshops are at 10 a.m. and sessions for children under 3 years are at 3:30 p.m.
The morning session will be conducted by Cathy King, author of several books on craft projects that can be used by libraries during children’s story hour. Sallyann Danforth, president of the Friends of the Fulton Public Library, will lead the afternoon session.
“Workshops will include a fun story time, and make-and-take games for children and grown ups so parents can continue to work with their children at home,” said Maute. “This program is made possible by a grant from the Oswego County Youth Bureau.”
Registration for the library’s summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” begins June 28. The summer reading program offers awards and incentives to participants for keeping up with reading through the summer.
To kick-off the program June 28, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology will present “Dig Into Dirt.” Aug. 2, at the conclusion of the summer reading program, the MOST returns with “Water Filtration,” a hands-on workshop that is limited to 25 children.
The library will also be offering a one-week summer writing camp for children ages 8-13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 29 through Aug. 2. It’s entitled: “What Do Your Words Say About You” and the instructors are Jim Farfaglia and Karen Burke.
“This series is for you if you: love to write and want to get better; want to learn to edit your work and prepare it for an audience; and are ready to share your work but aren’t sure how,” Maute said. “Seating is limited to 12. All those interested should call 592-5159 to register. Your name will be added to a lottery to be drawn July 12 when participants will be selected randomly.”
Among the library’s regular programs are Story Hour, every Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a craft or activity, Maute said.
“We also have eight personal computers available to the public with internet access,” she noted. “All you need is a library card or to stop by the front desk to find out about other options. We also offer free Wi-Fi for your laptop, smart phone, or tablet device.”
Meetings of the library’s board of trustees are at noon on the third Tuesday of each month. They are open to the public. Friends of the Fulton Public Library meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. and anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend, Maute said.
Two local authors will be featured guests at a Fulton Public Library book reading to be held Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6:00 p.m.
The authors, Craig Abbott and Joe Abbate, both from Fulton, have collaborated in writing Abbott’s autobiography, “Classified Terminally Ill: A Young Man’s Story of Beating the Odds.”
“Classified” is the uplifting and inspirational story of Craig’s life from shortly after birth, where his family was told that he would not live past the age of two, until today when he just celebrated his 23rd birthday.
It is a story of hope, faith, determination and humor in the face of overwhelming adversity.
The event will commence with interviews of the authors and the reading of several passages from the book. A question and answer period will follow that.
Afterwards, those in attendance will have a chance to meet the authors during a book signing time.
A preview of the book, which they label a “preography,” will be available for purchase for anyone who chooses.
There is no cost to attend, It is a free event sponsored by the Fulton Public Library, located at 160 S. First St., Fulton. Space is limited and the Library requests that those planning to attend to RSVP by calling 592-5159.
Fulton Public Library Director Betty Maute presented the State of the Library report to members of the Fulton Common Council last Tuesday night.
The library, which was incorporated under a state charter in 1895, received a $15,000 grant by Andrew Carnegie to build the existing library in 1902. Only 106 Carnegie public libraries were built in New York State with 40 of them located outside of New York City.
“Of those 40, 32 are still being used as libraries,” said Maute.
According to Maute, over 8,000 people have a Fulton Public Library card. That number includes residents in the towns of Volney and Granby.
“Public libraries are the place for self-education and self-help because they bring access to all and they bring opportunity to all” she said. “
Internet use at libraries has surged during the recession, she said, adding that the percentage grows higher for people living below the poverty level.
From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, there have been 38,373 visits to the library. In 2011, there were 47,892 while in 2010 there were 50,007.
“In addition to doing homework and using social media, patrons are searching for jobs, filling out college applications, and applying for government benefits, which we have a lot of in Fulton,” said Maute.
So far this year, the library’s circulation has just over 39,000.
In addition, the library has presented 104 special programs with many more scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.
The library is a member of the North Country Library System, which provides a lot of services, including technology support, couriers to deliver things from library to library.”
There has been 7,042 inter-library items to and from the Fulton library, said Maute.
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by Marian M. Stanton
To all the voters who supported their Fulton Public Library by voting “yes” last Tuesday, please accept my biggest thanks.
Thanks to every one of you, we will be open next Tuesday and all the Tuesdays, continuing to offer you excellent library service through our dedicated, hard-working staff.
If you haven’t been in for a while, stop in, look around, borrow a book, take home a DVD to watch tonight, or use a computer.
The world is at your fingertips at the Fulton Public Library.
When I was thinking about how to ask for your vote on this urgent issue, one of the items I came across is a quote from Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, which I didn’t use then but would like to share now: “When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The library is a great equalizer.”
Your Fulton Public Library stands ready to serve each and every one of you! Stop in soon.
by Andrew Henderson
The future of the Fulton Public Library lies with those it serves most: residents of the Fulton City School District.
“Over the past few years, the library has lost $110,000 in funding from the City of Fulton,” said Marian Stanton, president of the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees. “These drastic cuts have brought about significant changes in how we now operate.”
These changes include a reduction in the days that the library is open and the size of the staff.