To Our Patrons of the Community Library
of DeWitt & Jamesville service area:

This May 17th there will be a proposition on the Jamesville DeWitt Board of education ballot to increase Library tax levy funding for the 2022 year. There are some compelling and necessary reasons we are asking for this increase. Inflation for the past year is 8.5% - for the Library, some of our fixed expenses (utilities, phones, etc.) have gone up 10%. Although it is something we support, the New York state requirements in minimum wage increases went up by 5.6%. Our expenses for health insurance for our employees, and other contracted professional services, also increased by more than 8%.

We are doing what we can to reduce expenses - the Library Board re-financed our mortgage to save some money, and the staff has worked to manage and if possible reduce all our discretionary spending.

With all the percentage increases mentioned, our proposed increase is much less. It comes to only about $3.00 for each $100,000 of assessed value for each property if approved. For that $3 increase, your library provides so much for everyone - children, parents, young adults, adults, and seniors. Our vision is that the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville is an essential asset to the DeWitt and Jamesville communities and serves as a center of community life; The Library provides and promotes free access to high quality resources to meet the information, educational, and cultural needs of the community.

Please give us your support as we keep moving forward.

 
 
 
 
 
Initiatives
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Memory Care Collection

Circulating resources, activities, and entertainment for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. Includes books, games & puzzles, and themed, multimedia Memory Care Kits.

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Room Bookings

Self-registration to reserve a small meeting room at the Library is available. Patrons can reserve Group Meeting Rooms B & C during open hours. Make sure to review the Meeting Room Use Policy and get in touch if you have questions.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read a book, any book, to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to read 1,000 books before your little one starts Kindergarten! Download the printable Reading Log.

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Broadband For All

Borrow one of the Library's hotspots to use at home. Comes with internet access. Simply connect your device via wi-fi to the hotspot and your are set to surf!

 
Services
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Virtual Meeting Room

The Library has launched a virtual meeting room for local, nonprofit groups engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities.

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Book Donations

The Library is currently accepting 1 bag or 1 box (xerox sized) of books per patron per week. Please review the donation criteria.

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Personalized Pick-Up for Kids

Request a Personalized Pick-Up and our Children’s Librarians will select them for you! We can choose items based on your child’s age, interests, and reading levels.

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Book A Librarian

Get personalized help navigating the Library's resources! CLD&J offers one-on-one Book a Librarian appointments for individuals looking for help with research, library services, and resources.

 
Programs
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Spring Event Guide

Click above to view the Spring Event Guide, a booklet that details all of our upcoming programs for March, April & May. We have programming for babies through adults of all ages. Check it out!

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Noncitizens' Rights and Protections Under the Constitution

May 25th @ 6:00 PM. Bomy Hwang, Esq., immigration attorney for Hiscock Legal Aid Society, located in Syracuse, will discuss the rights and protections that all people in the United States, including noncitizens, enjoy under the U.S. Constitution. She will provide information on how noncitizens can assert their rights and defend themselves in certain situations, such as when ICE agents visit their home. 

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Virtual English Conversation Group

For those who wish to practice their English speaking and listening skills. The group will be offered weekly on Tuesdays at 11:00am via Google Meet. Meetings will typically last around an hour and a half. Let's practice together! To sign up, email our Librarian Kara at kconley@cldandj.org.

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ONLINE: Peppa Pig Party

May 27th @ 4:00 PM. Via Zoom. For ages 2-7. Do you love muddy puddles? Oh, goody! Then join us on Zoom for a special storytime party celebrating Peppa Pig, her family and friends. Kits with craft supplies and other goodies will be provided for pickup the day before. Please note this is NOT a character storytime and Peppa Pig will not be present. Registration Required.

 
Digital Collections
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Libby/OverDrive

Libby is an easy-to-use app for tablets and smartphones that gives patrons access to our digital book collection through OverDrive. Download items to watch later!

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Hoopla

Hoopla is offered free for patrons through the Library to download and stream music, comics, books, audiobooks, movies and more. Check out the Hoopla app!

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Brainfuse HelpNow

Online test preparation, homework help, skill building, and live tutoring resource for children and adults. Remote access is available! Simply enter your Library Card Number and PIN.

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Gale: New York Times

Gale provides digital access to current and previous issues of The New York Times. Simply select your preferred date to browse after logging in with your OCPL library card number!

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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an extensive collection of award-winning online courses and video tutorials to help you learn fun and essential skills.

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Post Standard

The latest issues of the Post Standard newspaper are available at your finger tips from Newsbank. Sign in with your library card number and PIN to get free access.