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Ramapo Catskill Library System

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Mission: Rcls, working cooperatively with its member libraries, provides coordinated services, guidance, training, support and leadership to member library trustees and staff to sustain their efforts to be responsive, proactive, vital community institutions that meet the changing needs of their users in orange, rockland, sullivan and southern ulster counties. Rcls, working in cooperation with member libraries, will help raise awareness about library services and work to eliminate barriers to library access and use.

Programs: Rcls provides library services to 47 member libraries in our chartered area in accordance with the plan of service 2016-2020 approved by the division of library development, nys education department. Rcls has two main sources of revenue: nys aid to library systems and fees from member libraries for goods and services. Services include:1) online automated network services (anser) that manages circulation, borrower registration, an on-line catalog, interlibrary loans between member libraries, mid-hudson library system (mhls) and southeastern ny library resources council (senlrc), a fiber optic wide-area network linking all member libraries, statistical reporting of collection use and other relevant data and cataloging services. Anser is operated on a cost recovery basis. Rcls also maintains a capital fund for anser to sustain hardware and software upgrades for a ten-year period. 2) a delivery system moves library materials daily between member libraries and rcls with a drop off for mhls and senlrc using a fleet of six vans. 3) consulting services for youth, young adult, adult and outreach programs including seven nys correctional facilities, three county jails and one federal correctional facility are provided by rcls professional staff. Continuing education programs for member library staff and trustees are provided. Workshops and one-on-one assistance are provided for nys public library construction grant applications as well as required annual reporting by libraries to the division of library development. Rcls also distributes promotional material for library activities and advocacy to promote library services. Integrated library system-their bibliographic database had 984,106 titles at decemeber 31, 2017, including 35,187 new titles added. Delivery system-makes 2013 stops per week. In 2017, 73,298 boxes were moved containing 3,298,410 items. Rcls offered 72 continuing education and staff development programs with 1,525 attendees. There were 16,537 consulting and technical assistance contacts with library staff, including 6,497 for automation and technology issues.

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Middletown NY, Thrall Library- This Library is very HOT!!! especially upstairs in the children's section. They have the windows open, which is very dangerous because a child can fall out of the window. I was told that they have A/C but, they cut in on when the director says to cut it on. This is crazy because THIS IS A PUBLIC LIBRARY which means the public tax money keeps it open so, why do we (Patrons) have to suffer because the director doesn't want to put on the A/C. My kid loves the library and is discouraged because it's too hot. If I could rate this place a zero, I would.