LETTERS: Caz Library thanks community for ongoing support

— To the editor:

A new year rings in with excitement at the Cazenovia Public Library as we look forward to all of the events and programs planned for 2012.

At the same time, the new year provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the incredible community support that is a part of every day at the library — support that includes financial contributions and book donations, many volunteer hours, program attendance, and, of course, support for the Friends.

With the financial gifts and book donations that poured in all year, nearly 900 books were added to our collection in 2011, allowing us to replace worn copies and add new titles.

These gifts comprised 25 percent of all books added to our collection in 2011. And now your Amazon shopping can also benefit the library. Every time you shop at Amazon.com, the library receives 3.75 percent of your total when you begin at wowbrary.org/Cazenovia. It’s that simple!

Along with the library staff who provides the welcoming atmosphere and professional service that is the trademark of the Cazenovia Public Library, Director Betsy Kennedy finds it hard to imagine how the library would function without our troop of dedicated volunteers.

Add to that the many people who have committed their time and skills to serve on both the Board of the Friends and the Library Board of Trustees, and it’s easy to see why the library has continued to be a vital part of this community.

Collaborating with other community organizations has become an integral part of the library’s programming goals. During 2011, we were privileged to have worked with CazCares, Cazenovia College, the Cazenovia schools, the local preschools, Lorenzo, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Project Café, and others.

Additionally, the 2011 New York State Summer Reading Program and our 125th birthday celebration were fun, family events in no small measure because of the contributions from local businesses.

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