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July 31, 2018

Headquarters News

Eli Guinnee, Executive Director

First an important request...
In your next delivery bag you will find this letter and form to fill out.  As we transition from Sirsi to Koha, please take a look at your current Sirsi circulation rules and select your Koha circulation rules--this will require director/staff input and board approval.  Time is short, and this may be something you have not looked at in years and years, so please work on it soon!  A little effort now will save us a lot of effort down the line, so thank you for your help.  Please refer questions to Carolyn at  

Farewell Dear Readers... 

This will be the final eNewsletter that I edit.  (At right is the first one I edited.)  Thank you so much for reading, sending news, and participating in polls.  It's been a lot of fun.  The eNewsletter will take a hiatus in August and will likely be back in September, although it might look at little different.  

I have accepted an offer to be the State Librarian of New Mexico, my birth state.  I have learned so much from all of you and I can't pass up the opportunity to put it to use on a statewide level.  I owe a sincere thank you to all of the directors, staff, trustees, volunteers, and supporters that make our libraries great.  You are amazing, and I can't wait to see what you do next!  

My last day in the office is August 10, however I'll be checking email and working with Construction Grant libraries through the end of August.  Valle Blair will be your very capable Interim Director starting September.  And if you need to get ahold of me after August, my email is 

And a Farewell Letter from Tom (though he's not going far!)

My last three years as Outreach Coordinator for our library system has been such an incredible time! I am so proud of each of the members, as you have all made considerable strides in your own, unique way. You all have grown so much in your understanding, and advocacy for diversity, and special populations. The amazing heights you have grown in promoting your home libraries, and making them truly visible to all people in our region, is astounding! Every day, I hear something positive about our libraries, and it makes me beam with the pride of a new big brother. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with each of you in various ways. It has been my honor to work with and for all of you to keep library services in each of our communities paramount. 

For the reasons above, and more, it is difficult to announce my departure from working at the library system. As of Monday, August 20, 2018, I will assume the role of Director of the Patterson Library in Westfield, NY. Though my position and role will change with all of you, my heart, stays with our system, and allows me to take on a new role with all of you – a front line collegial role. I am excited to become director of one of our amazing community libraries, and I intend to work hard to continue making library services a major priority in our system. I ask each of you to join with me in reforming our Member Libraries Director’s Council, in order for us to become a stronger, more collaborative community of library leaders. I also invite each of you to come and visit Patterson, and spend some time with us. I will be reaching out to you for advice and guidance, as I start this new role, and I will continue to make myself available to each of you for the same. 

In closing, let us continue to raise each other up as a strong community of libraries, let us continue to grow and adapt for our users, and let us always make sure that our first priority is making our rural libraries shine brightly for the future of our great nation. 

Yours in friendship,

Tom Vitale 


Construction Grants

Construction Grant projects were presented to the Board on Saturday.  Great job everyone, we have some great projects this year!  The below recommendations will be formally approved at the August 8 Board Meeting at the Salamanca Public Library at 7:30pm.  

 Library  Project  Recommended % of total project cost  Recommended Allocation    Total Project Cost
Allegany Rehab the office/kitchen 75% $31,235 $41,647
Olean HVAC 75% $186,488 $248,650
Clymer ADA Bathrooms / Doors 75% $21,704 $28,938
Hazeltine New sewer system 75% $35,100 $46,800
Little Valley New Roof & Generator 75% $41,383 $55,177
Silver Creek Interior/Exterior Lighting 75% $5,128 $6,837
Dunkirk Front Stairs and Door 75% $29,152 $38,869
Bemus Point ADA Bathrooms / Doors 75% $57,593 $76,791
Prendergast Windows, etc. 75% $183,969 $245,292
Ripley Phase 1: Expansion up - mezzanine 75% $217,500 $290,000
Franklinville Circ desk, paint, carpet 75% $8,625 $11,500
    Available: $817,876 $1,090,501
    Allocated: $817,876  


August 1, 10AM to NOON: Ancestry Library Edition with Tina Scott @ Prendergast Library,
Register w/ Megan,
August 2: Library Day at Chautauqua 

August 8, 9:30-3 @ Pioneer Library System: RLRT Summer Symposium
More information and registration

August 8, 7:30pm @ Salamanca Public Library: CCLS Board Meeting

August 22, 10am to NOON - Olean Public Library
Trainer: Kim Mahar.  Register:

September 3: Labor Day, CCLS Closed 
Monday deliveries on Tuesday

September 18-20: KOHA Train the Trainer
Let Eli know if you want to be a volunteer trainer!

Save the Date! October 10 @ St. Bonaventure: CCLS Annual Meeting 

October 29: Koha go live!

November 7-10: NYLA 2018 @  Rochester



Win Bills Tickets! 

Let Linda know if you want tickets:


Prendergast Brings the Nature In 


Cool Idea: Instrument Petting Zoo at Olean

Youth Services Corner

Valle Blair

Great Ideas for Dramatic Play Areas!  
And You Can Make Them!

This article was just posted on the ALSC blog and has some beautiful, easy to make ideas for creating those early literacy spots in your library. 

Take a look at what these librarians from Missouri have gathered together and made into a fun dramatic play stations.  Wouldn’t the kids in your library just love to pretend to make a pie out of felt and pom-poms?  Or scoop ice cream to serve their friends?  And they can be made by anyone at very little expense.  

Do you have creative ideas like this that you can share?  Send me the how-to information and a photo and I’ll share them here!


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