March 2019

2018 Annual Report:
Upcoming Salem Central School District Budget Proposition:

As was mentioned in the January newsletter and in the February newsletter, we have been working toward making some changes which we consider to be very important in regards to our service to the community. Two main items which we're considering are expanding our library hours and enhancing the internet service we are able to offer. We've also begun making plans to implement the provision of information and referral services for the mental health/social services needs of the community. The Library Director has a Master of Social Work degree, and in cooperation with other community agencies, would be providing these services. 

We're proposing to increase our hours to the following schedule, which is based on recent survey data:
Monday... 1 - 6 PM (an increase of 1 additional hour)
Tuesday... 1 - 8 PM (an increase of 1 additional hour)
Wednesday...10 AM - 6 PM (an increase of 5 additional hours)
Thursday...1 - 8 PM (an increase of 1 additional hour)
Friday...1 - 6 PM (an increase of 1 additional hour)
Saturday...10 AM - 2 PM (an increase of 1 additional hour)
This schedule adds a total of 10 hours to our current schedule, and we've attempted to make the hours more uniform throughout the week. We would open at either 10 AM or 1 PM each day, and we would close at either 6 PM or 8 PM each weekday.

Information and referral services are tentatively planned to be offered on Thursday evenings or by appointment.

The Salem Central School District budget vote is coming up in May, and you will be seeing an increase in the amount of money requested in the Bancroft Public Library Proposition to fund these changes. This requested increase is the amount of $7,600.oo, for a total of appropriation of $28,619.00 annually. The appropriation we are presenting to voters is the least amount we feel would be necessary to cover these new expenditures along with the services and programs that patrons currently receive. For the average property holder in the Salem Central School District, this increase represents a total library tax of around $22/year, or about a $5-6 increase over what it was for the 2018-19 school year. This means that for less than the cost of a hardcover book, we would be able to provide the proposed change in hours and additional services to our community!

Bancroft Public Library Board meetings are open to the public. These meetings are typically scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month, at 6:30 in the Reading Room at the Library. Please feel free to attend and learn more about what is happening at the Library!
Notes of interest:

Good news! Our library has received a Construction Challenge Grant through our library system (SALS) in the amount of $5000. This grant will be used to engage architectural services to draw up blueprints which will be used toward making the library ADA-compliant. Once these blueprints are created, the Library Board will then be seeking funding to implement the plan. 

Website reminders:  We have a
Proudfit Hall Usage page on our website, so you can view our Proudfit Hall Rental-Usage policy, access the Rental-Usage Agreement Form, see a calendar of when the space is available, and find contact information for reserving the space. 

In case you didn't know, another feature of our website is that we have links to all of our public policies and our current budget. To find these, when you are on our website, if you hover over the "About Us" tab at the top of the page, you'll see a drop-down menu which includes these items. Simply click on what you're interested in viewing.
Coming soon!

Are you interested in history? Intrigued by shows like Knight Fight and Vikings? Fascinated by the tools and techniques of the past? Come to the Bancroft Library in Salem and witness the Middle Ages come alive in a demonstration hosted by the  Society for Creative Anachronism ( on Sunday, March 24th from 3:00-5:00 PM in Proudfit Hall. Members will discuss topics such as food in the Middle Ages, archery, armored combat, and reconstructing everyday objects of the past. Discover a place where honor and chivalry not only exist, but are expected. All ages are welcome to enjoy the fun. 
P r o g r a m s:

SAVE THE DATES: Through the Caregiver Support Initiative, we will be offering two educational programs in early April. On Tuesday, April 2 at 6 PM, we will offer a program called "Dementia: What Does It Mean" and on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 PM, "Advance Directives and Financial Planning". Mark your calendars! More information to come.
Are you interested in participating in our Program Planning Committee? If so, contact Susan at or 518-854-7463.

Another volunteer opportunity: Speaking of planning programs, we would very much like to offer Adult Craft Nights on a regular basis - either monthly or every other month. We need some help to be able to do this, though. If you would be willing to offer a craft program, no matter how simple, please get in touch with us to chat. We're hoping that we can pull together a small team of crafters to make this happen. We can provide materials if you can offer your time and experience. 

As we try to plan some Adult Craft Nights, we could use your feedback! Please fill out our brief "Craft Night Survey" to help us know what kinds of crafts to offer. Thanks!

Regular Club Meetings:
  • Book Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 2 PM (see flyer below).
  • Scrabble Club meets every Wednesday from 10 AM until noon.
  • An informal, creative writers' group meets at 6:30 PM the first and third Thursdays of every month. Anyone interested can attend!
  • Chess Club meets every Saturday from 10 AM - 1 PM.
All are welcome! Check our calendar, call the library (518-854-7463) or stop in for details. 
Do you know about our Story Time bags?
We have a total of 17 Story Time bags. Each bag contains 4-5 picture books and a few activities related to a theme. The bag themes are:
Oceans                       Farm                      Tools
Socks & Shoes          Animal Homes     Food
Drawing                     Car Trip                Butterflies
Boxes                          Numbers               Alphabet          
Shapes                        Birds                      Senses                  
Windy Day                 Colors

The bags can be checked out with your library card, so you can do story time at home with your little ones!

*Our Story Time bags were funded by the Friends of the Library and the Stewart's Shops Holiday Match grant.

Technology @ Bancroft Library:

Good to know:

Remember, we have seven computers available for public use, all of which are connected to a printer. We also have a wireless printer/copier/scanner/fax machine. We are here to help!

Bancroft Library offers Notary Public Services. Library Director Susan Getty is a certified Notary Public. Inquire at the desk for details. 



If you'd like to keep an eye on the new materials we have at the library, check our “New Items” page.

The next meeting of the Bancroft Public Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 @ 6:30 PM. 

Regular monthly meetings of the Library Board are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the library. Meetings are open to the public. Previous meeting minutes are available on our Board of Trustees web page.


NOTE:  If you’re interested in seeing prior newsletters, please visit our Newsletters page

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