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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Friday, December 06 2019 @ 10:09 AM EST
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Friday, December 06 2019 @ 10:09 AM EST
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Life at the Paramus Library


Life at the Paramus Library
Len LoPinto, the Paramus Librarian, treated me to an insight of the nooks and crannies in our library. Of course he is very proud of the fact that since he has been there, November 2000, the library activity has skyrocketed and is still going up. There has been an increase from 310,000 to 370,000 and projected to reach over 400,000 this year. This in an age of Internet technology where people scoffed and said that the Library was done for.Len and Donna Perkosky, his PR lady, and I sat down in Len's office where we discussed the interaction of the library and its staff. They are very proud of the people who work there and their accomplishments. Even more so, their offices are crowded into nooks and crannies that the average visitor doesn't get to see. I did!

In his office we discussed the common disbeliefs about working in a library. The popular version is that a librarian sits back and reads all day long other than when someone checks, out or in, a book or other item. If you have visited our Library, you would be aware of all the help they render. From personal experience, I have asked the Reference Librarians questions many times. I found them eager to help and in most cases I achieved my search problem.

According to Len, it takes education, hard work and skills to be a part of the library staff, at least one that is operated properly. The extended hours have also put a strain on the staff to man the stations properly. After all, over 250,000 people visit the library each year. They have a Children's Program, Youth and Adult Services, Technical staff to order and process the books, Internet Technology ( which they teach for free one on one ) ESL (some of the students have gone on to become citizens) see http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20060516153931797:, Finance, Administration and Custodial Maintenance (Where would they be without that?).

We discussed the current proposal to unite the Senior Center with the Library. Parking space is one of the major concerns. Having received a grant and funding from the town, they are in the process of updating their computers. Wireless Internet (RF) will be available throughout the areas. A grant from the Karma Foundation will enable them to procure MP3's for downloading music and/or audio books.

The Paramus Cultural Council Tuesday night presentations have helped people to visit the Library. We joked about charging for the use of the restrooms; they are offered for free! The Library stays open to accommodate the audience.

Quite a bit of funding comes from organizations in town like Friends of the Library, Rotary, the Women’s Club and Len hopes that one day the Elks, the VFW, the Lion’s Club and other organizations will see their way clear to help make our Library a bigger success.

Look to the future when the new computers are put online. Some of the latest technology will be offered including Microsoft Word. You can be sure of friendly help, no matter the problem.
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