Harborfields Public Library
"The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library." - Albert Einstein
While it has been quite some time since we were simply a quiet building filled with books, 2020 impacted library services more than any other year in memory. When we closed our doors due to the Governor’s executive order for COVID-19 in March 2020, we had to quickly change our mostly in-person service model to a completely virtual one. Staff had to learn new technologies and new techniques in order to perform their jobs and engage the community.
Every single staff member was eager to help in any way they could. Staff visited the building to take home items to process and books to mail out to homebound patrons. Maintenance staff visited the building to help install sneeze guards, hand sanitizing stations, upgraded air-filters and new touchless restroom fixtures. Our Program and Publicity staff kept our patrons informed on social media and published special newsletter editions highlighting our digital services. Teen, Children’s and Adult staff began to find ways to host virtual programs via Zoom. Each department in the library answered calls from patrons from home. Our librarians started creating Storytime and craft making videos for our YouTube Channel. All of this was happening during the uncertainty of the communicable nature of COVID-19.
When we re-opened our doors in July of 2020, we faced a new reality. Social Distancing, mandated masks, sneeze guards, limited seating, curbside services, and virtual programming became the new-normal.
All of these changes, some of which will likely continue for the foreseeable future, were adapted to with a determination by our staff to do whatever needed to be done. We continue to develop new services and new ways to virtually connect with the community. It is an honor to work with such caring and devoted people.
Our proposed 2021-2022 operating budget will, for the second year in a row, reflect a 0% tax increase. The Library Board of Trustees, Administration and staff are very much aware of the unprecedented events that have created hardships for our community. Rest assured, the library will continue to meet the community’s needs – we are in this together.
The Annual Meeting of the Harborfields Public Library will be held on Tuesday, April 6 at 2:30 PM in the Library.
The Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be held immediately following from 3:00 - 9:00 PM.
Absentee ballot applications are available at the Harborfields Public Library Reference Desk and online.
A completed absentee ballot application must be received by March 30, 2021 if you would like a ballot mailed to you, the voter.
A completed absentee ballot application must be received by Monday, April 5, 2021 if you are dropping off your application at the library between 10 AM and 5 PM in the library’s Business Office and are receiving the ballot in person at the library from the Acting District Clerk.
Upon approval of the application, an absentee ballot will be issued. All absentee ballots must be received in official envelopes at the Library by 5 PM on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in order to be counted. No e-mailed ballots will be accepted.
In addition to the vote on the proposed operating budget, there will be an election for the position on the Library Board of Trustees presently held by David Clemens. This position has a five-year term of office, expiring on June 30th, 2026.
In order to run for election for this position, these procedures must be followed:
1. Candidates for the trustee positions must be residents of the Harborfields School District and may only be nominated by petition, which shall be directed to the Clerk of the School District.
2. Petitions must be signed by at least 85 qualified voters of the School District and shall state the residence of each signer, as well as the name and residence of the candidate.
3. The petition must describe the specific vacancy on the Library Board for which the candidate is seeking nomination, including the length of the term of office and the name of the last incumbent.
4. Each petition shall be filed with the Clerk of the School District no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, March 8, 2021. Forms for the petition may be obtained at the Harborfields Public Library Reference Desk.
Dave’s first involvement with the Harborfields Public Library was sorting books for the Friends of the Library book sale in an unused classroom of Harborfields High School. At that time the library was located in trailers in the high school parking lot. He and his wife Joan have been members of the Friends for many years.
Dave is a retired librarian. He has worked in many types of libraries, but spent most of his career in public libraries. He is finishing his first term as Trustee of the Harborfields Public Library.
Dave has a lifelong interest in both history and libraries and has served multiple terms as a Trustee of both the Huntington Historical Society and the Greenlawn Centerport Historical Association. He is currently Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, as well as a Trustee of the Suffolk County Historical Society and Chairman of its Library Committee.
Dave has been involved in our community for many years; as a Boy Scout leader he served as Cubmaster of Pack 225 and Scoutmaster of Troop 32 of Greenlawn. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Centerport United Methodist Church and Historian of the Centerport Yacht Club. His book Centerport was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2019.
Dave spent all of his childhood summers in Centerport and he and Joan became year-round residents in 1973. Their children James and Janet are both graduates of Harborfields High School, and their granddaughter attends Oldfield Middle School.