Mar 30, 2012
By George Sava
On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library is holding a vote on its proposed 2012/2013 library budget. For those who reside in Hewlett and Woodmere, I respectfully ask that you vote in favor of the proposed library budget. The library is a truly special place, a haven of knowledge that not only nurtures young minds but also serves as a focal point for the community. Be it reading workshops, lectures or courses, noted author appearances, concerts, movies, election debates, the library has it all. “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the Earth as the Free Public Library — this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” — Andrew Carnegie
For my family, many a weekend afternoon has been spent reading books in the children’s section. For my girls the discovery of the American Doll series of books was a momentous event. For those who have moved beyond children’s books, however, please let me enlighten you as to what residents can take advantage of this spring and summer.
On Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2:30 pm, the library is hosting A Young People’s Concert. On behalf of the John S. and Florence G. Lawrence Foundation, Dr. Paul Shelden will host and co-conduct 32 members of the Northwinds Symphonic Band, joined by their talented conductor Helen Bauer, in presenting an interactive, fun, and educational family concert. The concert will include Disney favorites along with the featured piece Tubby the Tuba, a well-loved children’s story. Children from the audience will be chosen to come up onto the stage and lead the band.
On May 7th and May 8th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the library will host the Hewlett-Woodmere School District Student Art Show. Talented students from the school district will showcase their works through this exhibit.
On Thursday May 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm, Dr. Herbert Ausubel will visit the library to discuss his book, “Flower of God: A Jewish Family’s 3,000-year Journey from Spice to Medicine.”
On Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm, the library will host “Walking the Line: A Musical Tribute to Johnny Cash – 80th Birthday Celebration.” Long Island’s own Tom Cavanagh will head a 7-piece band including 3 “Carter sisters” providing harmonies.
For movie enthusiasts, the library will present some of the best movies of 2011. From April through June, community residents are invited to attend screenings of Hugo, Ides of March, J. Edgar, The Descendants, The Artist, and more. Tickets and the time of each viewing are available through the library.
Area children can also take advantage of the library’s 2012 Summer Reading Club, preschooler and babies Story Time, and in April and May the library’s Family Pajamarama Nights.
Please understand that the above only scratches the surface as to the many events taking place at the library this spring and summer. To learn more, I urge you to visit the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library website at www.hwpl.org. Once you are on the homepage, kindly access the links to the library’s newsletter to learn much, much more.
Beyond the many events, the library has also kept up with the information age. Recently I learned that the library offers a free collection of digital downloads. Through a collective effort with Nassau Library System, residents can download both E-books and audio books. This system allows those with busy schedules the ability to access library books in the comfort of their homes.
As many of you already know, we have an exceptional library system, not only in Hewlett-Woodmere, but also throughout The Five Towns and Nassau County as a whole. Although my article is focusing on the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, the same can be said for all the libraries in our area. In order to maintain the many amenities and services offered by our public libraries, it is clear that they need our support.
According to the Hewlett-Woodmere Library budget proposal, the library is seeking to increase its budget by 2.2 percent, which is described as being within the allowable levy limit. Notwithstanding, some may feel this is a small amount and some may not. Either way, as you make your own determination please let me leave you with a quote by Walter Cronkite, ““Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
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