When Libraries Become More Than That
By Anne Allbright Smith
From Issue 17: Winter 2013
Like other libraries throughout the country, the Gardiner Library is continually looking for ways to partner with residents, local organizations and businesses to provide innovative programming and easier access to various services.
Recently, the Gardiner Library partnered with the Mohonk Preserve to create a pilot program that will enable library patrons to literally “check out” the Preserve with two free, three-day passes that the library will loan out. This special membership will allow these passes to be checked out much in the same way as a book or DVD, by reserving up to 24 hours in advance. The Mohonk Preserve staff is excited to make the Preserve available to even more members of the Gardiner community.
With the goal of reaching more residents the library is also partnering with the Gardiner Livable Communities Committee to expand its services to local seniors. Volunteers will help seniors request large print books and then deliver the books to their homes. This program provides books and other materials to people who are not able to physically go to the library, helping them feel part of the community even if it is difficult for them to leave their homes.
Anyone interested in taking advantage of this program, or in becoming a volunteer for it, can visit the library at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, www.gardinerlibrary.org or call 255-1255.