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NYS Passes $5M Increase to Library Systems

On Monday, March 31, 2014, New York State announced the passage of the 2014-2015 budget.

The news for libraries (not mentioned in the above press release) is that the budget includes a $5M increase to library systems in New York State, restoring the $4M cut from the governor's proposed budget and adding another $1M, bringing the total amount to approximately $86.6M, statewide.

The New York Library Association reacts to the budget announcement.

New High School Equivalency Test

New York State has selected a new high school equivalency test called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) to replace the General Educational Development (GED®) as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma effective January 2, 2014.

For more information, please visit the NYS High School Equivalency Office website.

Printable brochures in English and Spanish are available.


Library Reads announces April picks!

The folks at Library Reads have announced their favorites for titles being published in April. At the top of the list is The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin. (Learn more about Library Reads here.)


Lowville Free Library hires Dawn Myers as new director!

Lowville Free Library has hired longtime library assistant, Dawn Myers, as the new director. She's spent the last 9 years as an assistant to director Sally Brown and has hosted a plethora of popular programs for library patrons of all ages. Former director Sally Brown will be retiring after 34 years of outstanding service and commitment, while still working part-time at the library.


Lowville Free Library will be hosting a public event to welcome Dawn Myers and celebrate the former director, Sally Brown, on March 13th. For more details, click this link to view the Facebook event.


For more, click HERE to read an article from the Waterdown Daily Times.