• David Dewey, President
  • Sue Ruestow, Vice President
  • Ann Zieno, Secretary
  • Patricia Smith, Trustee
  • Nancy Hornung, Trustee
  • Ken Howard, Trustee
  • Lisa Sellen, Trustee

The Library Board of Trustees usually meets at 4:30 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Smart Community Room. The public is welcome to attend and be heard at board meetings.  If a member of the public wishes to bring up a substantial issue for board consideration, they are encouraged to contact the library director to see if the issue may be placed on the agenda.  The Board reserves the right to schedule additional meetings, cancel, or reschedule meetings as needed, allowing for advance notice as much as possible.  Please contact the Library at 563-1200, si.librarian@4cls.org, or sidneylibrary.org for information on possible changes. This site posts copies of approved and signed minutes of recent Board meetings.  If you have problems viewing the minutes posted on this page, there are paper copies housed in the Office of the Library Director.  These paper copies are available for public review upon request.

Due to COVID restrictions, there is a limit on how many people may attend the in-person meetings. Please contact the Director at least a week in advance if you would like to attend.

Upcoming Meetings

  • September 14, 2021
  • October 12, 2021
  • November 9, 2021
  • December 14, 2021
Meeting Minutes

Sidney Memorial Public Library

Long Range Plan    2017-2022

Sidney Memorial Public Library provides people of all ages with current information on topics related to work, school, and personal life; encourages self-directed growth and development; addresses the need for reading and enhancing daily life through the use of library services and community interaction.

Community Assessment:

The Sidney Memorial Public Library and branches are chartered to serve the Sidney School District.  Our statistics show that about 50% of our borrowers actually reside outside of the school district.   According to census figures, 17.7% of the population of Delaware County is under the age of 18 and 22.8% of the population is over the age of 65.   

As our building ages, more attention needs to be given to repairs and replacements. 

Goals

  1. Provide and maintain a welcoming physical environment.

Objectives:

  1. Create a master plan for updating and repairing aging facility including replacement of upholstered furniture and carpeting in high traffic areas.
  2. Continue to create and add to “early learning spaces” within the children’s room, which include age appropriate educational toys, books, and manipulatives to foster early learning and family engagement.
  1. Provide and promote a quality collection of materials in popular formats to support the needs and interests of the community.

Objectives:

  1. Continue to enhance large print collection
  2. Purchase mostly reviewed fiction and nonfiction for all age groups and representing diverse approaches to topics.
  3. Purchase fiction and nonfiction audio material including DVD, CD and other developing formats.
  4. Weed the collection on a regular basis to eliminate out of date materials and provide shelving space for new items.
  5. Foster cooperation with other libraries in the Four County Library System to maximize sharing of resources.
  6. Market services through increased pamphlets, informational flyers, and online via the library website and social media platforms.
  1. Implement technology to assist in fulfilling the library mission.

Objectives:

  1. Create a technology replacement plan for public and staff computers.

b.   Use our Public Computing Center to offer developing technology.

  • Continue to offer computer classes and open hours to adult learners.
  • Offer technology programs for children and teens which include early literacy tools, gaming, robotics, and other S.T.E.A.M. related topics through use of the Public Computing Center. 
  1. Plan new programs to enable people to meet and interact with others in their community

Objectives:

  1. Maintain comprehensive children’s and young adult programming
  2. Offer increased adult programming
  3. Continue working with Friends of the Libraries and other organizations to sponsor programs
  1. Study the use and needs of the Masonville and Sidney Center branches

Objective:

  1.  Fulfill needs as there is demand.
  2.  Evaluate and continue services where cost effective.
  1. Provide staff training
  1. Maintain staff’s knowledge in the use of informational services and materials.
  2. Support and encourage continued professional development opportunities.
  1. Increase awareness and use of the library by taxpayers.
  1. Maintain an engaging and user-friendly library website and social media presence.
  2. Work with Sidney school district and BOCES to promote library programs and services through continued outreach including classroom visits, school event attendance, and organized class visits to the library.
  3. Make contacts with other organizations to increase library visits and program attendance.
  4. Promote hidden services such as research center and downloadable audio and e-books.
  5. Continue and expand on community early literacy initiatives including Booster Books, Board Books for Babies, and contributions to the local Literacy Boosters committee and their bi-monthly early literacy newsletter.

Approved by the Board of Trustees 1/10/17

Click here for the Board of Regents Statement on the Governance Role of a Trustee or Board Member.
Click here to view the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State.