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Final Count: 19 Pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Our terrific volunteer squad has completed 19 pillowcases, instead of the originally planned 10 cases! The patterns are so sweet - imagine how happy children will be to have such vibrant color in otherwise institutionally neutral hospital rooms. We thank them so very much for their dedication to this project - and it’s been way too much fun hosting them!
Again, our gratitude to Sarah Porter, Maggie Pebler, Kathy Zummo, Roxanne Lindner, and Chris Durham for their sewing talents and the inimitable in-house entertainment.
Special thanks to Lori and Katie Rosa of Bloom of Margaretville for final delivery to Albany Medical Center pediatric units, and to Becky Porter for donating additional pillowcases.

Our Caring Volunteers Give Their Time

The Roxbury Library is pleased to announce that our staff of dedicated volunteers have taken on a new project for themselves!  They are creating ten pillowcases in conjunction with Ryan’s Case for Smiles to Albany Medical Center pediatric patients.  Sewing began on January 3 and will continue until all pillowcases are completed.  Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) was founded in 2007 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals around the globe.  They started with a simple goal:  to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness.  Today, Ryan’s Case for Smiles programs have expanded to include the children’s entire families so they can better navigate and cope with a very difficult experience and avoid long term emotional trauma.

Volunteers involved in this project were Sarah Porter - organizer, Maggie Pebler, Kathy Zummo, Roxanne Lindner, and Chris Durham (not pictured).

Bloom of Margaretville, owners Lori and Katie Rosa, will be distributing the completed pillowcases to Albany Medical Center.

For more information, consult https://caseforsmiles.org/miles-of-pillowcase-smiles-2023/

2024 at the Roxbury Library

The Roxbury Library has a staff, volunteers, and a Board who all hold the best interests of the library at the forefront: first and foremost to keep our doors open.
In 2024, our hope is to improve on these efforts in order to continue offering our patrons a varied selection of reading materials and DVDs. Our four new public computers, free WiFi, and wireless printing are for everyone to have the ability to connect. We would love to see our library traffic increase, and we hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more books.
Beginning January 1, we discontinued overdue fines - but, of course, we’d like our books back when you’re finished with them! Renewing is easy - call us at 607-326-7901 or use your account on the Four County website.  Need help with the Four County site? We can do that.
We are a small association but we are the best place in Roxbury where we can all meet. New in town? Old in town? We have seen our library be the place where friendships are made and connections are discovered.
We are looking forward to 2024 - we are your home to the world of reading, the world-wide web, and our little world here in Roxbury.

Roxbury Library Overview, November 2023

The Roxbury Library staff, volunteers, and Board members recently attended a meeting of the Roxbury Town Board and made the following presentation:

The support of the Town Board is vital to the day to day operations of the Library, and we could not function without these funds.  We are here tonight with our volunteers, staff, and Library Board members to ask that the  Town contribution to the Library be increased from the proposed $20,000, which would represent $8.90 per capita annually.  While we deeply appreciate the contribution, our operating costs have increased along with the cost of living.  The Town’s previous contribution has been $17,500 since 2019 with total tax income per capita chartered to serve at $7.79: at this rate, we rank #37 of the 42 libraries within the Four County Library System in terms of local government contribution.

The Roxbury Library is unusual in what we offer to our community at large.  In addition to the usual library services we offer free WiFi, four patron computers, printers and copiers including a wireless option, and a fax.  Many local residents who don’t have WiFi at home use ours for free and a large number of people come in to print various papers:  return shipping labels, DMV and DSS paperwork, etc.  We have a Notary Public on staff, services free of charge.  We now have a lighted front outdoor area for WiFi users as well, creating a safer space after dark.  We are the only source of public computers, printing, and WiFi in town.

During COVID we were open for abbreviated hours as well as for curb-side service, which we still offer.  This was extremely important during the pandemic:  when so many businesses in town were closed - we were available.  We’ve since reopened with expanded hours including an early start on weekdays of 8:30 which has been convenient for many of our patrons.  We’ve hosted Tuesday Forums throughout the year, a Summer Reading program in conjunction with RCS, a Saturday presentation for First Time Home Buyers, a Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group, school groups, a new Toddler reading group, a non-fiction reading group, and a poetry group is being organized by Writers in the Mountains.  We are also the major collection point for the local food pantry donations.

There are four major sources of income besides the Town contribution for the Library, including the Thrift Shoppe, Silent Auction, Holiday Bazaar, and the Annual Appeal letter is sent to all postal customers in the RCS district of Roxbury, Grand Gorge, Denver, Vega, and Halcottsville.  We watch every penny spent, and we are careful stewards of funds.

The Thrift Shoppe income is a crucial part of our financial picture and during 2022 provided approximately 25% of our total income.  The Thrift provides an invaluable service to the Roxbury community by offering low-priced quality items to all and also donating clothing to families in need and to school children at RCS.

We’ve recently been awarded two grants - one primarily to update a dangerous electrical situation and the latest one will provide us with six new computers.  But, without additional assistance for operating expenses:  heating oil, utilities, salaries, snow plowing, etc., new technology and safer electrics will not keep our doors open.

The Roxbury Library is the hub of our community: it’s the one place where all can gather - long term residents, new residents, visitors, and those passing through.  Thank you so much for your support.

Our Spring 2023 Community Foundation Grant at Work!

As you drive by the Roxbury Library between dusk and dawn, you’ll see our Library looking friendly and light!  The Library offers free WiFi, so users after hours will now have a lighted, safer outdoor area to use.  In addition to the outside lighting, we were also able to update our interior electrical outlets as well as new fan/lights in our rest rooms.

Earlier this year, we were also able to purchase a wireless copier, allowing our patrons to print directly from cell phones or tablets.  We are the only source for this service in Roxbury, so offering the ability to print was very important to residents as well as visitors.

All this work was made possible by a grant from the Community Fund for South Central New York.  Our sincere thanks to all at the Community Fund, as well as a big thank you to Jeff Haynes of Haynes Electric.

Please Consider Advocating for the Library….

Please consider advocating for the library…

Roxbury Library Association’s Board of Trustee Treasurer, Renate Rennie, attended the August 14th Roxbury town board meeting.  She discussed the library’s income and expenses and the need for increased funding from the town to ensure the library’s ability to continue its vital role in serving the public.

Renate also discussed the library’s intention to become ADA compliant and the efforts the library has undertaken to acquire funding through grant applications.

At present, the town’s annual donation to the library is $17,500; we requested the Town Board to increase the amount to $30,000 for the 2024 Town Budget and going forward.

As you may know, the Town of Roxbury is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a crucial road map that will guide future decisions in the Town of Roxbury. It is not a law; it is a plan that has legal standing when adopted by the Town Board.

The library would like to encourage residents to fill out the comprehensive plan (https://www.roxburyny.com/comprehensive-plan) form.

We respectfully ask you to consider including a line advocating for the town to continue financial support of the library at the level of $30,000 per year.

Thank you for your consideration.

Join our Non-Fiction Reading Group!

Did you know we have a Non-Fiction Reading Group?  The group is led by Ellen Stewart, and they meet on the last Thursday of each month, with some exceptions.

Please call Ellen at 607-326-4340 for more information.