Proposition for Deposit Free Library Funding on School Ballot

When Deposit School District voters receive their paper ballots for this year’s budget vote, they will notice an extra proposition from the Deposit Free Library. In addition to voting on the 2020-21 school budget and bus purchases, voters will be given the opportunity to decide on an increase in financial support for our local library.

We have posted lots of pertinent information in the drop down menus at the top of this page under the heading: 2020 School District Vote Information.

We consciously made the choice not to go back to the voters for annual increases, as many libraries do because we didn’t want the taxpayers to feel we were constantly asking for more money. However, in addition to rising costs, the library has lost two regular sources of income: Broome County stopped funding our library in 2018 and the BOOKS program, begun by Senator Thomas Libous many years ago, has been eliminated. The library is proposing an increase from $55,000 to $65,000 a year.

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned everything upside down. We would like the public to know that plans for this proposition were put into place many months before the pandemic hit. We had planned to hold a public meeting to answer any questions from voters. Unfortunately, that could not happen. Anyone with questions is invited to call the library at 467-2577 and leave a message or email de.deborah@4cls.org. Our director, Deb Stever, or any board member would be happy to answer your questions.

Please know we are making every effort to be ready to open as soon as we receive the ok from the state/county government. We thank you in advance for your continued support during this uncertain time.

Support the Library by Shopping at smile.amazon.com

Support the library whenever you shop online.  When you shop at AmazonSmile instead of Amazon, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to The Deposit Free Library Association.  The site looks and navigates just like the regular Amazon site.  Help the library and get a great deal at the same time!  Use this link to support the library today!

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Use the Amazon Shopping app to support The Deposit Free Library!

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support The Deposit Free Library Association in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here

for instructions.

Library to Close on Thursday, March 19

The Deposit Free Library takes the health of our community very seriously.  Following the States of Emergency declared by the counties, state, and federal government, we have made the difficult decision to close our building for a period of time.

We will be open this week, March 17, noon to 8 p.m. and March 18 noon to 6 p.m.  Library use will be limited to check out of materials only.  Computer workstations will not be available for public use.

Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, patrons can call the library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. with specific book requests.  Books will be pulled, checked out, and packed for curbside pickup on those 2 days only.

The library will be closed from Thursday, March 19 through Tuesday, March 31. All programs will be suspended until further notice.   We will reassess the situation at that time.

All fines for overdue items will be waived while the library is closed.  The book drop will be open and checked during the closure should you wish to return materials.

The Four County Library System has suspended holds and deliveries of items from other libraries until further notice.  Holds that are listed as ready for pickup will be held at the library until reopening.

While our building may not be open, our online resources are available 24/7. This includes e-books, e-magazines, and e-audio books through the 4cls website and corresponding apps for your personal devices.  for the Libby and Flipster Apps on your device’s App Store. All of these resources are free with your library card. If you have any problems connecting, please feel free to call the library and leave a message.  Our librarian will return your call to assist you.

Library WiFi will remain available to patrons from outside the building using your personal devices.  Please be respectful of our grounds while using WiFi outside the building.

Please remember to check our Facebook page and website (www.depositfreelibrary.org) often for further information and updates.

This decision was made after much careful consideration. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us.  Stay safe, and keep reading at home!

Sincerely,
Staff and Board of Trustees of the Deposit Free Library

Lego Club on Saturday, February 22nd

Calling all Lego lovers!  Mrs. Armstrong is holding Lego Club on Saturday, February 22nd.  Please join us at 1:30 p.m.  We have a large collection of Legos that can be used to create some really fantastic structures.  Anyone from age 7 to 14 is welcome to join the building fun.  Your creations will be displayed in the lobby for everyone to enjoy.  See you then!

Stories with Santa – Friday, December 13th at 6:30PM

On Friday, December 13th, the library hosts a very important guest.  Santa will pay us a visit to read stories and talk with children.  The jolly old elf makes time in his busy schedule every year to stop by the library.  Don’t miss him!  Kids can wear their pajamas if they like.  There will a chance to take photos following the story time.  Hope we see YOU in the library this month!

The Annual Book Sale is Coming July 18-20

It’s that time again!  Each year during Deposit’s Lumberjack Festival, the library holds its gigantic annual book sale.  Even though the Front Street construction project is ongoing, we still plan to hold our popular three day sale from July 18th through July 20th.  The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each of those days.  Look for the tents on the library lawn.  There will be thousands of books in all genres for all ages.  Most hardcovers will sell for $1.00 and paperbacks for 50 cents.  Stock up on summer reading.  See you at the sale!