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Welcome To The Falconer Public Library
The Library Is An 8 Time Star!
The Library Journal (November 2nd, 2015 issue) announced America’s Star Libraries and the Falconer Public Library is a Eight Time Star Award Winner and #5 within the category of the $100,000 to the $199,999 Budget Categories. This Award is sponsored by Baker and Taylor’s Bibliostat records and based on the 2013 Data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Smith Memorial Library in Chautauqua Institution was ranked fourth in the same category.
The Library Journal Index of Public Libraries covers an evaluation of 7,663 libraries in the United States. Eligible libraries are grouped by total operating expenditures and, within each of those groups, rated based on their differences from the means (or averages) of four per capita statistics: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use.
The Falconer Public Library has received this Award for 8 years in a row. Sue Seamans, Library Manager, credits the Falconer Village Board (and the Town of Ellicott Board) Budget that supports a Community Service via the library. The library is centrally located (Community Building) and offers services throughout the area. Falconer Central School Students (thanks to a valued rapport with FCS Personnel) and Jamestown Community College students frequent the library. Early child interaction of the library offered via the Pre-School Story Hour Program provides a source of reading awareness and participation. The Automated SIRSI catalog is a huge service as it provides quick reference to materials available via the Chautauqua/Cattaraugus Library System for use and interloan purposes. Programs for all ages from Story Time, Knitting, Computer, and Stamping Classes are just part of the services offered. Six Public Access Computer terminals are available for 49 hours per week to the public. Daily newspapers and over 100 magazine subscriptions are also popular items.
New Children's Area
The Falconer Public Library Board members and staff encourage people to stop in and see the newly renovated children’s corner. The library has laminated the tops on the bookshelves, added window soffits, new bookshelves and a bookcase shaped like a boat with donations from patrons in memory of Lucian L. Lodestro, local attorney.
The family also donated monies that added a new table for the children and a large 3-D wall tree along with woodland birds, animals and fishing items. As time goes on, more will be added to this nature theme. The Post-Journal article can be seen here.
Welcome to the Falconer Public Library
Richard & Lois Johnson donated this beautiful patriotic floral arrangement.
Hultquist Residents Visit Library
Shown below is Mayor James Rensel with Library staff and Hultquist Residents/staff on a monthly visit to the Falconer Public Library. Last year, during one of the Annual Falconer Central School Selborne Tours, an Edgewood Staff member suggested FPL connect with the Hultquist residents on the Edgewood Campus. Brenda Cavallaro, Falconer Village Historian and Sue Seamans, Library Director, attended the Hultquist Campus several times. They then suggested Hultquist residents come to Falconer Public Library. The result is a monthly visit in the Hultquist Van!
Mayor Rensel is pleased that the residents read/participate in the Falconer Public Library activities.
Summer Band Concert Schedule
Here is our Falconer Public Library Friend, Blanche, donating over 60 puzzles for the library Puzzle Exchange!!!! Thanks Blanche!!!
Students Visit Library
Ms Keri Smith’s Class from Fenner School, visited the Library on May 18th. Mrs. Laurie Becker, FPL Story Hour Director, read a book to the class!
Falconer High School Class Visits Library
Mr. Rob Thompson’s class from Falconer Central School comes to the library every Thursday of the school year. They enjoy their library visit very much and the staff enjoys them as well! From left to right - Jessica Fardink, Mr. Thompson, Alicia Washington, Sabrina Riley, Alex Chapman.
Elaine Lampropolis with her Stamping Class that meets twice a month at the Library.
Card Catalog Retired!
The Falconer Public Library experienced a “Library History Moment” on Monday, August 17th 2015.
Our wooden library card catalog was officially no longer part of the library. The library was fully automated with a digital SIRSI Circulation System, in July of 2014, but the library kept the card catalog in the library for a full year after ”Going Live”. A card catalog has been part of the library since 1921 when the library was housed in the Village of Falconer Community Building with wooden tables and a metal card catalog from the Falconer Central School. Two wooden card catalogs followed the metal one, the last one being supplied by the Randolph Central School Library . People of ALL ages have relied upon that catalog to find/locate our collection based on a Dewey Decimal System. It was a Dictionary Catalog, following an author, subject, title filing. It was the central and only way to determine what books/nonbooks were in the library.
The catalog will now be housed in the Community Building lobby, right near the library.
Some people say, “All good things come to an End”, but not for this. People of ALL ages can see the catalog and realize the importance to our library.
The Post-Journal ran an article about the retirement of the card catalog on August 29. You can read the article here.
These games were donated to the FPL for participating in a Trustee Training Session
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