Commack Public Library at a Glance - 2013

45 years of service to our Commack Public Library patrons
Serving 15,000+ patrons of all ages
181, 663 visits to the Library
169,640 materials checked out
657 program sessions offered to adults
274 program sessions offered to children and their families
59 program sessions offered to young adults
437 youths participated in the Summer
Reading Club with 11,276 books read
12 Museum Passes that provide free access to local museums
50+ full-text magazines available from
the Library website through Zinio
1000's of book titles available for download through overdrive
Downloadable media available through hoopla
Online Homework Help for students
Monday-Sunday 2:00p.m.-11:00p.m.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week patrons have access to the Commack Public Library homepage, Live-brary, e-Resources, downloadable books and a variety of other on line resources made available to you by the Commack Public Library.

To Our Patrons

As we commemorate our 45th year of service to the Commack Public Library community, our mission to you remains the same. Our mission is as follows:

The Commack Public Library is dedicated to providing the community with quality library services to fulfill the informational, educational, cultural, professional and recreational needs of patrons of all ages, by providing traditional, current and popular materials, knowledgeable reference service, and innovative programs in an open and friendly environment.

The Youth Services Department continues to be an essential part of the Library and serves your children from infants to young adults by providing a wide variety of materials, programs, services and activities. From Babies Boogie to our teen volunteer program, we enjoy serving the varied ages and interests of the youth of our community.

Our program schedule is full, offering a wide variety of educational and recreational programs to patrons of all ages, including concerts, cooking classes, hands-on computer workshops and book discussions, as well as exercise and yoga classes. We also provide programs on health and fitness, current affairs, art, and a wide range of other topics.

We provide many programs and services to our active senior population. We schedule AARP driver safety classes and AARP tax assistance for our senior patrons. We also offer Thursday afternoon movie screenings, Chair Yoga and other workshops designed especially for our seniors. For our patrons that are temporarily or permanently homebound, we offer outreach services for those that cannot visit the Library, so that they may enjoy many of the materials the Library has to offer. We are proud to offer additional outreach services to both the residents of the Gurwin Assisted Living as well as the nursing home.

We are able to extend our services outside of our Library walls, by providing museum passes to patrons. These free passes to twelve local and metropolitan museums have saved our patrons and their families thousands of dollars on admission costs.

As we move into the future, many more of our services are accessible from the Commack Public Library website twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Services include: searching the catalog, reserving, requesting and renewing items, viewing the newsletter and the Internet Gazette, reserving museum passes and registering for our great programs. In addition, there are many valuable products available directly from our website including, OverDrive, Zinio, Tumblebooks, hoopla and Brainfuse. In addition, we have Nooks and Nexus tablets available for borrowing. Many of you are already using these services, and if you are not, please ask one of our staff to introduce you to some of these new products, services and technologies.

Our staff is here to assist you in a variety of ways. Our librarians can help you locate materials in our Library and other libraries, as well as guide you in your research. Our network and systems technician is able to provide you with answers to your questions concerning hardware and software as well as assist you with your questions about computers and technology.

This year we are presenting a 2014-2105 budget with a proposed increase of 1.41% with a proposed tax rate increase of 1.437%, which will not exceed the New York State Tax Levy limit. We continue to be committed to making the Commack Public Library even more valuable to you and your family, your neighbors and our community.

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, April 8th!

The Commack Public Library Board of Trustees

Americana Revisited
Photo Exhibit by Richard Berman

In local photographer Richard Berman's second installment of his photos of America, the daily life of everyday Americans in everyday pursuits is depicted in various locations, including Long Island, Manhattan and Oregon. A Nikon camera was used.

April 2014


Upcoming Friends Events

Book Sale begins
Tuesday, April 8, 9:00 a.m.

Yard Sale & Bike Consignment
Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Proposed 2014 - 2015 Budget

2013-2014 2014-2015
Books, Periodicals, Online Patron Services $185,500 $197,000
DVDs, CDs, Books on CD, Software/Video Games $37,500 $41,300
Programs $80,000 $84,000

Automated Circ and Catalog $40,000 $40,000
General Supplies, Library Supplies and Misc $42,000 $42,500
Other Contract Services, 3M and Photocopy $64,319 $64,319
Publicity and Printing, Postage, Postage Meter $36,700 $36,500
Accounting, Legal and Data Processing $29,500 $29,500
Equipment $4,000 $4,000
SCLS fees $35,282 $35,603
Training, Conference and Travel $7,500 $7,500
Vote $5,000 $5,000

Insurance $48,000 $52,000
Gas, Electric, Water and Telephone $94,000 $95,000
HVAC, Exterminator, Protective Services and Snow removal $12,700 $16,700
Building and Equipment Repair $3,200 $3,200

Professional $822,012 $917,070
Clerical and Pages $895,489 $694,193
Custodial $121,294 $123,501
Sunday Salaries and Staff Contingency $180,000 $160,000

Contracted Benefits $80,527 $83,537
Health Insurance $333,180 $334,155
Retirement $366,970 $344,000
Social Security and Unemployment $175,000 $183,000

TOTAL EXPENDITURES $3,699,673 $3,593,578

Fine, Lost Book and Photocopy Income $40,000 $40,000
Interest, State Aid and Miscellaneous Income $34,000 $31,000
Unassigned Fund Appropriation $152,000 $0

TOTAL REVENUE $226,000 $71,000

AMOUNT TO BE RAISED BY TAXES $3,473,673 $3,522,578


The estimated increase in the tax rate is $.24 per $100 assessed valuation which, based on a $4,000 assessment, amounts to approximately $10.00 for the year per household.

Important Dates

Voter Registration
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Budget Vote & Trustee Election
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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