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Long Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2015-2020

Mission Statement

The Center Moriches Free Public Library provides services, programs and materials that enrich people’s lives, foster a love of reading and provide access to information. These services may be provided by our own resources, by networking with other libraries, and by contracting with professional speakers and educators as well as providing gateway access to the world of information resources beyond our walls. The Library advocates for access to the world of ideas and information unrestricted by fees, censorship, language, or barriers to the disabled.

Library History

The Center Moriches Free Public Library was started in 1921 in a room over the Truck House (the site of the present-day Fire House). It was moved to the Goldsmith Building in 1923, to the Women’s Club Building in 1930, and in September of 1957 to the building at 529 Main Street (now used by the School for office space).

As the library began to outgrow these quarters, the Board of Trustees decided to buy property for a new building. In a public-spirited move, the money to buy the property (2.2 acres located on the north side of Main Street between Railroad Avenue and Hawkins Avenue) was purchased on January 18, 1981.

The new Library building’s construction, under the directorship of C. Gerard Donnelly, was completed in 1988. In 2013 a major expansion, under the directorship of Nan Peel, was completed.

The Library serves the Center Moriches Union Free School District, consisting of a population of over 7,000 residents. The Library additionally serves residents of three other school districts (East Moriches, Eastport-South Manor, and Remsenberg-Speonk) that contract annually for library service through the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Contract fees are received annually from these districts for the operation of the Library.

The Library is open seven days per week, year-round, serving the educational and recreational interests of our patrons.

The Library’s catalog and most of its databases are available through the Internet to homes, businesses, and schools throughout the areas we serve. Patrons may request items from other libraries either directly, through our website, or by making a request to the Reference Desk. Patrons also have access to an increasing collection of downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music directly from home. The Library further enriches the communities we serve with lectures, concerts, story hours, crafts for hobbyists, genealogical research resources and assistance, reading clubs for adults/teens/children, and other Library programs.

Goals and Objectives

To continue to establish and maintain a collection of books and materials, in a variety of formats, to meet the informational and recreational needs of the community. Although the printed book continues to be the primary medium for recreational reading, society is rapidly adapting to digital media, such as the Internet, for information needs. While the open Internet is a wonderful resource, the Library needs to be in the forefront in providing the public with reliable, authenticated sources of information. For these reasons, the Library is aware of, and is adapting our collection development to include new technologies and methods of delivering recreational and informational content.

To continue to work with the Suffolk Cooperative Library System for staff training and keeping informed as to innovations in library service. We strive to keep staff members abreast of changing technology, community needs and ways of finding and providing information.

To continue to explore cooperative contracts with vendors for new products and competitive pricing.

To continue to evaluate reference and informational needs and to explore how this content is best provided to and used by patrons.

To maintain the tracking of circulation and usage figures to make sure our book and materials selections reflect and satisfy patron needs.

To seek annual funding through a budget reviewed by our Library Board of Trustees, reflective of the Library’s expenses.

To seek additional funding in the form of grants whenever possible.

To promote long-term gift giving to the Library, as with our Memorial Book Donations program.

To work with our Friends of the Library organization on their book sales, bus trips, and other fund raisers for the Library.

To continue to support and expand electronic remote accessing of Library resources and information, including our recent entry into the realm of social media networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

To explore new ways to assist library patrons in utilizing library services and technology, as well as making library service accessible to all members of the community. To maintain awareness of literacy needs, and provide space and support for literacy programs.

To seek interaction with other community groups, such as business, school, and social groups, to make sure their needs are being met. To seek input from the patrons we serve to find out how we may better meet their needs.

To maintain an environment that is safe and welcoming for Library patrons and staff. We will provide security personnel trained by an officer of the Suffolk County Police Department during all the hours that the Library is open to the public.

To provide community awareness of Library services through in-house signage, social media networking, newspaper announcements, and direct outreach to groups within the communities we serve.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees on February 5, 2015 for Fiscal Year 2015 through Fiscal Year 2020