To The Editor:
Thank you to the Public
The Oswego Public Library Board of Trustees and staff wish to thank the public for supporting the recent increase to its annual budget.
This increase of $71,382 to the library tax levy, not an increase of $1,307,462 as mentioned in a recent news article, will enable the library to maintain its programs and services at its current level and apply for a special grant to paint its windows, and undertake maintenance on its foundation and front stairs. It will also allow the library to hire a security firm to ensure that the library is a safe and comfortable environment for all.
The library’s services offer something for everyone. Your tax dollars help provide three story hour programs per week to assist parents in preparing their children for school; a two-month reading program during the summer to help children maintain their reading levels during the summer months; GED classes for high school equivalency; free computer access to the public on both pcs and laptops using our internet access or Wi-Fi; daily classes and assistance in our computer lab by a technical instructor on using computers and technology; assistance in locating information by certified librarians and library clerks; copying and faxing capabilities; meeting space for groups; study areas for tutoring and one on one discussions; reading clubs to discuss books but also provide interaction with others; and access to books, movies and magazines.
The Oswego Public Library is not under the umbrella of the Oswego City School District.
While the official name of the Library is “Oswego School District Public Library” it is a separate entity and is allowed by New York State Education Law to ask a school district to collect its tax levy.
All funds collected under this levy are sent directly to the library for its support.
Carol Ferlito, Oswego SD Public Library Director