READING IS WHAT'S HAPPENING
Vote Yes On The
Public Library Budgets
This year the Farmingdale Public Library has
stepped up its offerings of daytime adult programming
with the health, painting and drawing, art appreciation
and film reviewing series. There has been an
immediate and substantial participation in most of
these programs. This daytime activity is a direct
response to the increased leisure time of the home-maker
while the youngsters are in school. Automatic
equipment in many of our homes has reduced
the time spent on essentially repetitive, drudgery
tasks such as the washing of dishes. With the increase
of time available to the homemaker one
naturally turns to recreation as an answer. The
Library's role in recreation is a time honored one;
the emphasis, however, is on the " creation" part
of the word. The Library sees this increased leisure
time as an opportunity for the individual to recreate
himself using the information and inspiration
of the Library's books and programs.
Public Library service for greater Farmingdale is
a growing evolving thing. Without most of the
traditional cultural agencies and their programming
available in our community of 50,000 residents, the
Library has a wide spectrum in which to operate.
A score of years ago you would be hard pressed to
find a community of even 25,000 on the Eastern
Seabord without its art institute, museum, YM and
YWCA and so on. New masses of population meant
mushrooming communities with little to offer their
inhabitants except more people.
Frank C. Toole & Sons, Inc
1100 FULTON ST.
The Plainedge Public Library
has received final State level
approval of its application for
$ 229,775 in federal building aid,
the Board of Trustees announced
this week. The State Education
Department has forwarded Plain-edge's
application to the Office
of Education in Washington for
federal approval and encum -
brance of funds.
Board Chairman Mrs. Ruth
Frankel, in commenting on the
news, said, " We are delighted.
This aid will represent reimbursement
to Plainedge of 35%
of the library bond issue, approved
by the voters last October,
and will reduce the cost
from $ 656,500 to $ 426,725."
Library Director Alfred L.
Freund noted that even though
preliminary approval was granted
last September, there was no
guarantee of final State level approval.
It has been the practice
of the Education Department to
provide preliminary approval of
a larger number of applications
than could actually be funded.
This message is sponsored by the following
Plainedge Classroom Teachers
Association District 18
On May 3rd
We shall open Sunday afternoons, beginning in early
October. We plan on making this " Family- Day- M- The
Library," a time when everyone is free to browse
around at leisure, read, catch up on class assignments,
and borrow books, phonograph records and magazines.
We shall arrnge special music, film, art and
other cultural and recreational programs at the Meeting
Room during this time.
Another boon to the public is the elimination of a
rental fee for phonograph records. From now on there
will be no charge for borrowing any of these. Massapequa
has a large, excellent collection of discs - folk
music, classical, musical comedies, opera and jazz. It
also has plays, language instruction records, and typing
and shorthand practice albums which may be borrowed
for home use.
Many more of these very useful records that teach
French, Spanish, Russian, German and Italian as well
as business skills will be purchased this coming year.
The best plays, including all of Shakespeare's major
and most of his minor works, of special value to students,
and recent Broadway dramas, are being bought
for educational and recreational use. Special collections
of children's records, enjoyed by young persons
and valued by their parents, are being purchased for
Story Hours for youngsters have been so popular
that the library will present more of them and include
older children as well. It will use film strips to illustrate
and vary these. More movie programs will be
presented for young people of different ages.
Perillo Bros, Fuel Oil Corp.
Teacher Assoc. District 23
Farmingdale Classroom Teachers
Association District 22
9 MURRAY ST.
US FRONT STREET
Page 6 Farmingdale OBSERVER Thursday, April 20, 1967
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