On Sunday afternoon, October 14, the Peninsula Public Library hosted its first ‘Meet and Greet’ reception for all the residents of District 15. The purpose of the reception was to introduce community members to the library’s new director, Karen Porcella, and the library board of trustees. Over 120 people attended the reception and enjoyed the refreshments while expressing their thoughts and opinions to the director and the trustees. In addition, several elected officials and prominent community members attended and had the opportunity to speak to the attendees. These included NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, NYS Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Nassau County Legislator Howard Koppel, President of the Inwood Republican Party Frank Mastero, District 15 School Board Member Dr. David Sussman, Village of Cedarhurst Trustee Ari Brown, Village of Lawrence Trustee Michael Fragin, and President of the Lawrence Association Ronald Goldman.
Peninsula Public Library Treasurer Jeff Leb said, “I am very happy that we were able to put together this reception. We are merely stewards of the library and our responsibility is to act as the voice of the community with regards to matters concerning the library. It was encouraging hearing the many words of praise for our library and was also enlightening to hear people’s suggestions of possible improvements to the library.” Leb continued, “The most prominent ‘complaint’ was regarding the size limitations of the library’s physical facility. A majority of people expressed a desire for a new building for the library and that is something that we as a board will continue to investigate.”
Shani Klein, a community resident who attended the reception said, “I think that it’s really great that the Peninsula Public Library had this reception. As a resident of the district, this event gave me and my family the opportunity to meet the director and board of the library and allowed me to converse with them and share my ideas on what I want to see in the library.”
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