Riverhead Free Library has made history on Long Island.
It has launched a program its backers appropriately call RiverHope, which allows people who are part of the Maureen’s Haven homeless outreach program to receive library cards. This is important because it offers people without a fixed address access to all that the library has to offer — the ability to check out and read books, use of the library’s computers for email and job searches, but also access to a wide range of library programs, including an online educational forum called Universal Class. That program alone opens the door to classes in 32 subjects, as well as professional and certification courses.
Riverhead Free Library has become the first on Long Island to offer a card program for the homeless.
Called RiverHope, the program allows people who are part of Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program to receive a free library card, giving them access to everything the library has to offer.
Following months of steady turnover, seats on the Riverhead Free Library Board of Trustees were filled during an election last Tuesday.
Newcomer John Rienzo was elected to a three-year term during the May 19 vote. Additionally, recent appointees Susan Bergmann and Michael D’Arcangelo, were elected to new three-year terms.
Through hosting citizenship classes at the Riverhead Free Library, Millie Rios often fields questions from her students regarding immigration policies and consequences — especially since Donald Trump has taken office.
Ms. Rios said she’s always made an effort to answer the questions herself or bring speakers to class, but decided the community at large would benefit from a larger public forum. READ
Laurel Sisson has dedicated her time to Riverhead Free Library for almost 50 years.
Her professional career there began in 1966. She worked in multiple departments, including the children’s room and reference desk, and was later an assistant director. READ
Voters on Tuesday approved Riverhead Free Library’s proposed 2017-18 budget, remaining under New York State’s tax cap at a tax levy increase of 1.03 percent. READ
Riverhead Free Library officials are proposing a 2017-18 budget that would increase the tax levy by 1.03 percent — a figure allowable under New York State’s 1.26 percent tax cap.
The plan calls for $3.75 million in overall spending, an increase of just $84,316 over the current year. Of that, $3.57 million would be raised through taxes.
Cutting a red ribbon tied across the staircase, Kyle Fichtner, Riverhead Free Library’s young adult coordinator and head of teen services, signaled for 20 or so teenagers waiting patiently below to enter the teen loft. READ