2018 / 2019 Baldwin Public Library Budget Message from the Board of Trustees

View the 2018-2019 Proposed Library Budget

The Baldwin Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to present a budget with a tax levy increase of 2.35% (within the cap) and an overall budget increase of 4.48%. The Board’s goal is to provide all residents with access to the resources you want at the best possible value. Indeed, library taxes in Baldwin currently average only about 3.5% of your total tax bill, or about $400 per year for most households. Thanks to your ongoing support, we are able to provide innovative collections, programs, and services for all, from children through seniors. Highlights include: Over 195,000 items were borrowed by community members during the past year. This includes books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs, and video games for all ages. Nearly 220,000 people visited the Library in person, while over 93,000 visits were made to our website.

Our new website, built with community input, is mobile-friendly, user-friendly, and provides faster access to the information people want most, such as our online catalog and upcoming events.

Not sure where to look for your next great read? We provide a range of resources to help you, from NextReads newsletters to personalized assistance from our expert reader’s advisors.

We are the community’s resource for accurate, unbiased information. In addition to over 180 print magazines and newspapers, we subscribe to RBdigital, which provides residents with access to over 100 digital magazines for use on mobile devices.

Over 31,000 people used our public computers, while many more took advantage of our free Wi-Fi on their own devices.

More than 1,200 programs were offered for all ages in the past year and were attended by over 22,000 people. New programs this year have included computer coding classes for teens and a preschool & daycare fair.

We offer a range of services to help improve people’s lives, including safe driving courses, tax preparation assistance, and technology classes. This past summer, through our participation in the Summer Food Service Program, we served 700 lunches to kids and teens under 18.

Our Museum Pass program allows your family free visits to some of the finest institutions in our area. This year, we added Print on Demand passes for even more convenience.

Live Homework Help provides online assistance for kindergarteners through adult learners daily from 2-10 pm. In-person assistance from certified teachers for elementary through high school students is also available in our Homework Centers Monday-Thursday during the school year.

Cooperative purchases of online services via the Nassau Library System result in a greater variety of resources available with significant cost savings.

The Library’s budget is presented to the voters at the same time as that of the School District. However, the Baldwin Public Library is a distinct entity with its own budget that is presented as a separate proposition. Again, we thank you for your support and encourage you and your entire family to visit the Library to take advantage of one of the best values you will ever get for your tax dollars.

Joseph J. Carroll, President
Shireen Abed, Vice President
Carl Williams, Secretary
Kerry Schwenker, Trustee
Ethell Smith, Trustee