Parish Public Library’s funding has been essentially flat for 17 years, ranging from just $35,000-$40,000 per year, even as the Library has significantly increased services during that time period, adding hours, expanding collections and programming, and offering you more value than ever before.
Like you, our Library has been experiencing the rising costs of the last few years—the cost of all goods and services (including books and utilities) has gone up considerably, as you well know. The Library relies on our talented staff to meet the needs of our community, from children’s programs to computer help to recommending books. In order to keep pace with changes to minimum wage across the state, our payroll costs have increased by more than 50% in the last 7 years.
Even as costs have risen, the Library has continued to add programming to offer you more. Now, in order to sustain these expanded services, we are asking voters to support this increase to our operating budget.
Native Perennial Food Plants for Your Edible Landscape
with Author Dani Baker
Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust is pleased to host presentation and book readings by author Dani Baker, co-owner of Wellesley Island’s Cross on Saturday, May 6th at 2:00 – 3:00 pm at the Parish Public Library.
The event are free and open to the public. Dani has been working with nature to create a thriving edible garden ecosystem at Cross Island Farms. In her new book, The Home-Scale Forest Garden: How to Plan, Plant and Tend a Resilient Edible Landscape, she shares what she learned as she became a forest gardener, providing a practical, in-depth guide to creating a beautiful, bountiful, edible landscape at any scale―from developing an edible hedge, to planting an acre or more. Dani will sign books either purchased at the event, or books purchased previous to the event, after her presentation. To learn more and purchase a copy ahead of time, visit www.enchantededibleforest.com. Cross Island Farms grows certified organic meat, eggs, fruits, and vegetable products on their 102 acres located on Wellesley Island in the 1000 Islands Region of northern New York State. They aim to build an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable farm, diversified in plant and animal life, that provides a reasonable living, healthy, wholesome food for the community, and educational opportunities for all to learn how to produce organic, sustainable, local, healthy food. Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust is a private, non-profit regional organization that helps private landowners voluntarily protect working forest, farm, recreation and wild lands in the Tug Hill region.
Covid At Home Rapid Test kits are now available at the Parish Public Library. Stop in anytime we are open are to get them for your family. Our thanks to Will Barclay, New York State Assembly Minority Leader!