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Message from Dan W. Golden, Library Director

Welcome to the Solvay Public Library.

I am happy to have you visit our Library, serving all the residents of the Village of Solvay, the Town of Geddes and surrounding areas. You may have stopped by to use the library catalog to search for a book or DVD. Perhaps you want help searching your family tree and plan to use Ancestry.com, on our online databases, where you can access census records going back to the 1700s. Our online business services provide access to accurate and up-to-date business, company and industry information and a wide variety of global business information, all available from the Central Library database

You may be a teen working on an essay and are taking advantage of one of our other databases to locate articles for a school paper. Gale Virtual Reference Library, which lets you scan countless online reference sources, may be your pick, but there are many others available. You may also find helpful information on online resources such as Novelist or the Nursing and Allied Health Collection.


Whatever the reason – welcome!

As you search our website, remember: our services are only a short drive from anywhere in Solvay and the Town of Geddes. We offer free Internet access, as well as free Wi-Fi for your compatible equipment. We also offer traditional library service, so drop in and pick up a novel, DVD, audiobook, a picture book for your little one, or all of the above.

Part of our ongoing improvement process involves reviewing comments from customers. As a result, I value your opinion of the job we are doing. I am always open to suggestions for improving service and I certainly welcome your input. At any time, if you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me at (315) 468-2441, e-mail at dgolden@onlib.org, or call for an appointment to see me. If I can be of service to you in any way, please let me know. See you at the Library!

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April 2017 Movie Schedule

MOVIE NIGHT is every other Wednesday at 5:30P.M. in the Community Room, unless stated otherwise.

SUNDAY MOVIE MATINEE is the second Sunday of every month at 2:00 P.M., also in the Community Room.

Wednesday, April 5th - A Monster Calls

Sunday, April 9th – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Wednesday, April 12th - Lion

The Solvay Public Library invites all businesses to our first Luncheon and Mixer for Local Businesses on Thursday, March 30 at 12:00 p.m. This Mixer and buffet luncheon will be free and open to the public. It will afford an opportunity for business-to-business networking, and for establishing new relationships and business contacts here in Solvay, Geddes and surrounding areas.

The Solvay Library Mixer will include a tour of our historic facility (one of the few Carnegie Libraries still in operation), an introduction to our up-to-date business services, refreshments, door prizes, and other special activities.

Please call  Dan Golden at 315-468-2441 or email at dgolden@onlib.org to RSVP if you plan on joining us at the Mixer.

Let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. We look forward to seeing you.

How to Face the Crowd

Basic mechanics on how to speak in front of an audience, including ways to hold attention and interest. Presented by Library Director, Dan W. Golden.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Community Room

TUESDAY March 14, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Community Room

This program, presented by Solvay Bank, is for local small business start-ups. It will discuss the many different services and programs available for small businesses.

March 2017 Movie Schedule

MOVIE NIGHT is every other Wednesday at 5:30P.M. in the Community Room, unless stated otherwise.

SUNDAY MOVIE MATINEE is the second Sunday of every month at 2:00 P.M., also in the Community Room.

Wednesday, March 1st - Doctor Strange

Sunday, March 12th - Moana

Wednesday, March 15th - Fences

February 2017 Movie Schedule

MOVIE NIGHT is every other Wednesday at 5:30P.M. in the Community Room, unless stated otherwise.

SUNDAY MOVIE MATINEE is the second Sunday of every month at 2:00 P.M., also in the Community Room.

Wednesday, February 1st - Jack Reach: Never Go Back

Sunday, February 12th – Inferno

Wednesday, February 15th - Arrival

What is the value of the services offered by a Library to our community? Libraries such as ours, in fact, provide a hefty return on investment. The collection of the Solvay Public Library contains a total of approximately 57,600 items. If you estimate a value per item of $20, we offer $1.5 million dollars’ worth of materials to our community at any one time. If a patron checked out 20 items, and did this every week for a year, the patron will have checked out $20,800.00 worth of materials.

From mid-2015 to mid-2016, the Solvay Public Library checked out 96,784 items. At $20 per item estimate, that is over $1,935,680.00 of value we brought to the community. We have an annual ordering budget of $45,000.00 – or about 43 times less than the circulation value to our area.

Some items in our collection will circulate dozens of times in a year. The most popular new movies, for example, can average one checkout per week all year long. Calculating 52 circulations for an item that cost us $20 totals an investment worth $1,040.00. That is a considerable rate of return.

Many groups in our area rely on us for meeting space.  During the 2016 calendar year, our meeting room space was utilized for 138 programs, attended by 1,119 people.  That’s a service we provide which also has value to the community.

Numbers are a very important way to assess the impact of a library such as ours. Communities such as Solvay and Geddes need a resource that satisfies various informational and entertainment materials that residents are unable to purchase for themselves. They need a place where they can safely seek out knowledge, entertainment and continuing education. The value of the Solvay Public Library stems from its role as a place where the community can discover, learn, and grow.

At any time, if you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me at (315) 468-2441 or e-mail at dgolden@onlib.org. If we can be of service to you in any way, please let us know.

Dan W. Golden
Director

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