Questions

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Will the Minisink Valley Public Library be run by the Minisink Valley Central School District Board?

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No. The library and library board will be independent of the school district and the school board. Education Law 260 details the separation of powers between local boards of education and the school district library boards. It is the desire of the MVPL Committee to work cooperatively with the MVCSD and local town officials.

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I have Google. Why do I need a library?

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Google is a search engine that is run by a company whose overall goal is to make a profit. A public library is a non-profit community hub, run by a certified information specialist, and whose overall goal is to provide quality services to our community.
Google searches through free webpages on the internet.
A library does much more than search the internet including hosting community events and providing customer service.

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Does the Minisink Valley Central School District budget account for the creation of the MVPL?

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No. Although the school district will be responsible for collecting taxes and issuing municipal bonds on behalf of the library, the library budget will be separate from the School District's budget.

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Are there other school district public libraries in Orange County?

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Yes! Albert Wisner Public Library, Cornwall Public Library, Florida Public Library, Goshen Public Library and Historical Society, Greenwood Lake Public Library, Moffat Library of Washingtonville, Newburgh Free Library, and the Port Jervis Free Library are all school district public libraries.

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Why do we need a public library if we have a certified librarian in every school?

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Although the MVCSD Library Staff serves the K-12 population, they do not serve those not enrolled in school. A public library would provide services for everyone. Additionally, our school libraries are limited to school hours and are not open late nights or weekends whereas the Minisink Valley Public Library will have extended hours to serve our entire community.

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I already visit another library in the area. Will I lose access when the MVPL opens?

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No! The creation of the MVPL will connect our community to 47 other local libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System, including both Port Jervis Free Library and Thrall Library. You would no longer have to purchase library cards and would have a centralized location within Minisink Valley to visit.

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Is this initiative run by the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS)? 

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No. This initiative is made up of local residents. The Minisink Valley Public Library Initiative does consult with both RCLS and Orange-Ulster BOCES. RCLS is a non-profit public library system that connects public libraries in Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Southern Ulster counties. OUBOCES is a non-profit school library system that serves schools in the Hudson Valley. 
The Minisink Valley Public Library would be run by locally elected trustees, not RCLS.