Finkelstein Memorial Library Centennial Ribbon Cutting and Re-Dedication Ceremony, April 23, 2017
On Sunday, April 23, 2017, the Finkelstein Memorial Library— celebrated its 100th year of operation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house at the library with local historical presentations, displays, live music and refreshments.
Distinguished Guests and speakers included:
President of the Friends of Finkelstein Library: Rena Finkelstein
New York State Senator: David Carlucci
New York State Assemblywoman: Ellen Jaffee
Rockland County Supervisor: Ed Day
Rockland County Legislators: Aron B. Wieder, Aney Paul, Philip Soskin and Alden Wolfe
Spring Valley Mayor: Demeza Delhomme.
Finkelstein Memorial Library Board Members: David Hershkowitz (President) and Joan Soskin
President of the Library’s Board of Trustees, David Hershkowitz, gave the opening remarks. Interim Library Director Erica Grodin moderated the ceremony.
In 1917, a group of citizens founded a small public library housed in the back of a women's hat store on Main Street (Route 45) in Spring Valley. In 1945, the Spring Valley Free Library, as it was then known, was officially renamed the Finkelstein Memorial Library. In 1962, the library became a public school district library and a board representing a cross section of the community was formed. In 1987, a 29,000 square foot addition was built to be used as a main wing.
Today, the Library houses more than 268,000 items within its walls; expanding not only in quantity, but also in format— including books on CD, audio CDs, DVD and BluRay movies, computer and video games, digital books and magazines.
In addition to books of mystery, science-fiction, romance, and biographies, the library offers a variety of resources to help in self-improvement. These include items on business, education, health and finance. Our sources also include approximately 300 magazines, newspapers, and business services. We have archived issues of periodicals and the indexes (computerized and in book form) to go with them. The library also offers digital copies of magazines through OverDrive and Zinio.
To meet the special needs and interests of our ever-changing community, the Finkelstein Memorial Library houses a large collection of foreign language books, large-print, and African-American and Traditional Jewish literature. We provide regular outreach service to East Ramapo School District patrons who are homebound. Our updated library is now ADA compliant to library users with mobility impairments.
The Youth Services Department’s focus is on our young patrons up to 18 years of age. These services include an extensive collections of books, CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMs, Video Games and magazines. Fiction of special interest to teenagers is shelved in our new Young Adult (“YA”) room, while YA non-fiction and biographies are inter-shelved with regular non-fiction. College Preparation programs are also provided. Other programs include toddler and preschool story time, children’s Homework Help Academy, Summer Reading Programs. We also offer computers, IPads, Launch Pads for kids to use and Laptops for parents with small children.
Within our several meeting rooms, the Finkelstein Memorial Library offers programs on a wide variety of interests to the community: health & wellness; outdoor concerts; art exhibits within the library itself; lectures and demonstrations. Our Fielding Room is equipped with a Hearing Loop System for those patrons using hearing aids.
The Robert H. Finkelstein Technology Center, located on the third floor, has over 50 computers available daily for public use. In addition, there is a scanner available for faxing, scanning documents and pictures to email addresses, portable USB drives, and smart phones. Printing can be done from the library computers, patron laptops, mobile devices, and from home. The enclosed classroom area is used for computer training workshops in areas such as basic PC usage, email, and Microsoft Office applications.
The future of Finkelstein Memorial Library hopes to see new advances in technology that will complement our newly implemented RFID system. A book sorter will be installed, allowing patrons to drop off their books and have them automatically checked in and sorted. This allows for quicker processing of items and faster return time to the shelves. We are also anticipating the installation of a self-checkout kiosk to allow patrons a speedier checkout.