Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00
The Glen Cove Interagency Council recently held its monthly meeting at the Glen Cove Library. After a warm welcome from Library Director Kathie Flynn, the library staff gave IAC members an overview of the vast array of services that are available at the library.
Glen Cove is fortunate to have a library that has something to offer patrons of all ages, starting with parent/child activities for toddlers. In addition to encouraging a lifelong love of reading, the library offers a number of computer programs to assist school age children with their homework, including tutor.com, which provides individual assistance to students by qualified teachers who have at least a master’s degree. The library also has an online program to assist youngsters in learning eight foreign languages. Young patrons can also join the library’s Lego club and participate in many STEM-related, music, and arts and crafts activities.
The library also offers an exciting summer reading program for youth and has a flourishing Teen Advisory Board. The Teen Advisory Board consists of approximately 20 teens who meet once a month. They discuss books, make recommendations for future programs and volunteer at the library. Local students also participate in the Any Soldier program, writing letters to our soldiers and sending them care packages of donated items.
The library also sponsors special programs for patrons. Some recent programs include a country and cabaret music show that was standing room only, a jazz and soul program for Black History Month, a program of songs and stories from Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day and a program on the golden age of baseball. AARP offered free tax assistance to all through April 15.
The librarians bring the library to patrons who otherwise may not be able to avail themselves of its services. For example, once a month a librarian goes to the Glen Cove Day Care Center to read to the children. The children are then given a copy of the book that was read so they can reread it at home. Librarians also bring artifacts from the library to the assisted living facilities in Glen Cove since it is often difficult for their residents to come to the library.
The library is keeping up with the latest technology. It has many online databases, access to free music downloads and access to a large number of eBooks. The library has also purchased 10 Nook e-readers. They are preloaded with books and available for patrons to check out.
Library staff is currently collaborating with the North Shore Historical Museum to create an oral history of Glen Cove. The project will preserve the history of Glen Cove as told by local citizens and politicians.
The library also has a bilingual librarian on staff who is trying to increase awareness of the library and its services to residents who primarily speak Spanish. In addition to increasing the number of Spanish language books, the library offers a children’s story time in Spanish, conversations in Spanish for adults and an informal learning exchange.
Members of the IAC include community leaders representing a variety of human and social service agencies throughout Glen Cove. It reflects Glen Cove’s rich cultural, religious and ethnic diversity and meets regularly to identify and address changing needs in the community. This network has resulted in numerous projects and collaborations that benefit Glen Cove residents on a daily basis.