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Expanding Horizons: The RCS Community Library

03 Jun

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Our second stop on our whirlwind tour of new operations in RCS was the RCS Community Library on Main Street in Ravena.

We’ve published accounts of the rough road this important community institution was forced to navigate at the hands of Mayor John T. Bruno and his band of merry thugs in village Hall. We’ve also published accounts of the corruption that has become the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and the scandal that is going on there in what was once the RCS Community Library’s home. We also reported on the Ravena-Coeymans incest club’s contribution to the Library’s difficulties with slow progress of renovation work and rent increases while they were in their old location. Thank you! Mayor John Bruno!

But this is a report on the positive, on how the dedicated officers on the board of trustees, the directors, the women and men who are there with a smile to help, and a beautiful, spacious, airy, welcoming new location.

Even the courts agree that “A library is “‘a place dedicated to quiet, to knowledge, and to beauty.” (e.g. Brown v. Louisiana, 383 U.S. 131, 142, 86 S.Ct. 719, 724, 15 L.Ed.2d 637 (1966)) . Its very purpose is to aid in the acquisition of knowledge through reading, writing and quiet contemplation. Our libraries are centers of First Amendment protected rights, they are places where the word, dialogue, speech and expression are available for all.

I, personally was not able to attend the grand opening and, in a way I’m glad I didn’t. I would not have been able to devote my attention to the details of the place, physical and personal. When I walked in I was pleasantly surprised at the pleasant atmosphere: it’s open, airly, bright, clean. You’re not stifled or intimidated (That’s a nice change in Ravena, right?).

I was able to meander through stacks that were full but I didn’t get the impression that an avalanche of books was going to bury my any second. I noted a couple of dedicated spaces, including what appeared to be a children’s center. Everything had a place.

There was a bank of computers ready to assist anyone to get to this blog (LOL), or anywhere else on the Internet, providing it’s decent.

But the most pleasant experience came when I had questions about what the RCS Community Library could to for me and my reading requirements. It was not a disappointment. Several library staff came to my assistance and, if one couldn’t answer my questions or didn’t have the experience with the service I needed, they knew right where to go.

The very convincing message they delivered was: We’re here to help make your reading and research experience as pleasant as we can. And they did. They offered suggestions, alternatives, information I didn’t have; all to ensure that my needs were met.

I Left The RCS Community Library Very Impressed and With My New Library Card

Leaving the library, I was a happy camper and glad that I supported their fine efforts with a YES to their budget. A group like that can’t fail because they have their hearts in the right place and their fingers on the pulse of this community.

We’d like to see some joint programs organized collaboratively by the RC Youth Activities and Teen Center and the RCS Community Library. Joining forces and optimizing resources and opportunities can only multiply effectiveness!

We Encourage Everyone to Visit the RCS Community Library, to Meet and Chat with the Staff There, and to Make Use of the Beautiful New Facilities. Make it A Point to Use Your Library! I Know I Will!

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Thank you! RCS Community Library!

 

4 responses to “Expanding Horizons: The RCS Community Library

  1. Susan Peters

    September 4, 2013 at 8:25 am

    The new library is wonderful! The staff is helpful as always. My daughter and I visit at least once a week, and some of the staff know us so well they often suggest certain books they think will interest us. They’re very thoughtful, and if they don’t have a certain book, they make every effort to locate one for us. Would love to see more kids enjoy this great place.

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    • RCS Confidential

      September 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Thank you, Susan, for your comment. Nice to hear from you.

      We agree! The RCS Community Library is a breath of fresh air in the polluted atmosphere of Ravena-Coeymans. It’s a pleasant and comfortable, welcoming place to spend some of one’s leisure time.

      I also agree that the staff is particularly welcoming and helpful. I have found that they bend over backwards to assist and do a great job. It seems the cheerful new digs have had a very positive effect on the staff.

      My only gripe is that one of the library employees that I know of should stay out of the political fray and the public disinformation activities through his “journalistic” activities. We’d like to think of the library in terms of the oasis I mentioned above but the oasis is tainted if one of the employees is part of the villainous machine operating in the community. Choices have to be made.

      Thanks again for your upbeat comment. We wish the RCS Community Library every success; it’s an important institution, as are all libraries, in the community it serves. We do appreciate it.

      The Editor

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  2. Tina

    June 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Haven’t been in the new library but have heard all GREAT feedback…can’t wait to venture to the library soon…KUDO’s and Thanx to all who helped in the move on the New Library and Thank You for keeping our public library alive in Ravena!!

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