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Tuckahoe Library Could See Budget Slashed by $47K

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – There's nothing fancy about the Tuckahoe Library . Still, the brick building that blends in with its surroundings on Columbus Avenue a few blocks from the village center is a beehive of activity, part of the fabric of daily Tuckahoe life.

Librarian Swadesh Pachnanda said libraries have always been at the center of the community, where people meet, join discussion groups, book clubs and more.

There is a chance the library will have to figure out a new way to pay for some of its programs. The proposed Tuckahoe Village budget for 2012-13, as presented in early April, calls for a 9.34 percent cut in funding for the library to $452,850, down from $500,000 this year.

Pachnanda declined to comment Wednesday on what the cut would mean to the library's offerings and operation.

At the April 9 village board of trustees meeting, Mayor Steve Ecklond said he had received 111 letters asking for the board of trustees to reconsider the cuts, but no members of the public spoke about the library or any part of the budget at the meeting.

"I thought we might have some people here," Ecklond said.

The village board plans to vote on the budget Monday, April 30.

Pachnanda said crafts and story times are popular for the youngest library customers. There's a writing program for teens, and e-reader sessions to help people learn the newest technology.

"Sometimes it's hard to learn," Pachnanda said. "People get (an e-reader) as a gift and they don't know how to use it. The books are free to download. We show them how."

The library has a program coming up May 14 to help people who have lost their jobs to get back into the workforce. On May 5, there's the village Arbor Day celebration, and May 30, the library will host its first Career Day for teens. Pachnanda said that program will be held monthly, and the library will bring in people from different occupations to talk about their work. The inaugural session will include a judge, a firefighter and a mechanic, she said.

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