Trumansburg Connection: T-Burg library makes outreach key


The Ulysses Philomathic Library (UPL) has a long history in Trumansburg and has continued to grow and evolve in order to meet the needs of the community. It is a place where people of all ages gather not only for book borrowing or reading, or accessing the internet, but also for special programming such as After School Anime, Lego Build, Watercolor and other art classes, non-English language conversation groups, Storytime, Art, and Chair Yoga, in addition to showcasing local artists. According to the UPL website, “The original Ulysses Philomathic (which means “love of learning”) Library, a private association, was formed in 1811. Members’ books were kept in Hermon Camp’s store. The Library was re-established in 1935 when the north wing of the Masonic Temple was deeded to the Library. In October of 2001, the Library moved to its present location.”

As the face of library services are changing to meet the needs of the community and to be on par with evolving technology, the UPL board and staff have adopted a 2017 to 2021 strategic plan, which is carried out by library staff, and headed up by the Library Director Ksanna Broadwell. Broadwell, a Trumansburg Central School District graduate continued her studies at SUNY Fredonia and followed with a Masters in Library Science at the University of Buffalo. Her on-the-job experience includes an internship at the Alternatives Library at Cornell, five years at the Ovid Library, and several years at UPL as the part-time Youth Services Librarian and briefly the Adult and Youth Services Librarian. After the departure of former director Annette Birdsall, Broadwell was hired as the new Library Director, a position she has held for a year.

When asked about her goals as she assumed the position of director, Broadwell noted she wants, “To be more proactive in the community. This library has been part of the community for a very long time. It was originally founded in 1811. My goals are really to bring the library out in the community more. As library service evolves, we are no longer the traditional reference librarian behind a desk waiting for people to come to us. We need to get out in the community and figure out what people need for their information for work, for their lives.” Broadwell’s goals, and her and the staff and board’s work to provide innovative programming for the community, align with the three goals identified in their strategic plan: enhance community engagement and support; increase access, relevancy, and innovation in facilities, collections, services, technology, and programming; and pursue operational excellence. “We have a few programs lined up for this summer and we have been doing more outreach like the Farmers Market Story Time. My next idea is a bar book club and have us hold our book club meetings at different bars and restaurants.”

Redoing the website was a huge success in bringing the Library to the community. Making it user-friendly and a “tool for people 24/7 has been really important,” said Broadwell. Indeed the website offers a number of tools to reach the community. It offers a variety of free or low-cost digital resources including books, movies, music, and magazines. The digitizing of the library to support inclusion can go further. “I would like to work on more digital inclusion. I’ve been researching hot spot loaning programs.”

Another way the Library is reaching out to the community is by offering museum family passes and Empire State Park passes. According to the website, “We are proud to offer to our patrons for borrowing family passes to the Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center, and Empire Passes for New York State Parks. There are two museum passes and two park passes. Any registered adult cardholder in good standing may borrow a museum pass.

Museum passes may be borrowed for a one week period, and entitle the holder (and family) to one visit to each museum facility during that period. Any registered adult cardholder in good standing may borrow an Empire Pass.

Empire Passes may be borrowed for one week period, and entitle the holder to unlimited day use vehicle entrance to New York State Parks for that period.”
The Library is certainly continuing on the right track in continuing to serve the community and will be seen more outside the building in the coming months. When asked what she is most looking forward to in the future, Broadwell said, “I think the library is in a really good place right now. Our staff is amazing. We have a wonderful community that we all love dearly and who have responded really well to improvements and growth in the library. I think the next step is to get us outside of the walls more often and into the community to help people and be a visible presence, be it online or in person."

In Brief

Rotary speaker series
Trumansburg Rotary invites the public to its Thursday evening speaker series, at American Legion Post 770, at the corner of East Seneca Road and Route 96, just north of the village. The talks begin at 7 p.m.

  • January 17: Todd Edmonds of the Trumansburg Community Recreation initiative will speak about that program’s plans and needs. TCR’s mission is to develop facilities and programs for community sports, recreation, and leisure in the Trumansburg area, thus helping to promote community members’ health and vitality.
  • January 24: Kimberly Bell, superintendent of the Trumansburg Community School District, will talk about the state of the school system.

Annual State of the Village address
The annual State of the Village Meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Trumansburg Fire Hall. Agenda items include a 2018 year-in-review and 2019 initiatives. Topics will include emergency response statistics and needs; police, fire, and EMS changes; sidewalks, street lights, and facilities; footbridge repair; and the new street tree committee. The meeting will conclude with a Town Hall style q&a.

Lil’ Blue Raiders Cheerleaders Fundraising
The Lil Blue Raiders cheer team is once again selling those Krispy Kreme doughnuts along with bags of coffee to raise funds to help support a trip for 18 girls to attend a national competition in Florida. A dozen glazed costs $9, and specialty half dozens are $7 and include lemon, raspberry, or cream filled, and chocolate iced. Coffee bags, 12 ounces, are $10 and include dark roast, house blend, and house decaf. Those interested in ordering should contact Michelle Williams Vogtman at

Full-time officers sworn in
Officers Mackenzie (Mack) Covert and Benjamin (Ben) Wright were sworn in as full-time officers in the Village on Friday, Jan. 4. The Full-Time Officer Program (FTO) officially launched on Jan. 9, which coincidentally was also National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Chief Joe Nelson reports, “The diversity in their experience will really benefit the Village. Mack comes with a lot of training. Ben is eager to learn and the two of those working together, and getting Ben more training like Mack has will overall help the Village. I’m happy that within this week of them being here there has been positive feedback.”


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