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Rating the Wantagh and Seaford Public Libraries

How do you rate their services?

One of the things that indicates the strength of a community is their public library.

A good library serves the research and educational needs of residents and students. 
It's also a place where a community can find resources for a job search, tax forms and information on government programs.

We'd like to know how you'd rate the libraries in Wantagh and Seaford. What do you think of their book selection? What about the services they provide? Do you like their children's library? What other thoughts do you have?

Let us know in the comment section below.
Christopher Wendt January 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I have a generally favorable opinion of the Wantagh Public Library, with no negatives about the selection or services. I think the Community Room is a vital resource. ............................................................................................. The Wantagh Public Library is part of the Nassau County Library System, which facilitates finding almost any title with no trouble. The Wantagh Public Library is a subsidiary of the Wantagh School District, and therefore the Library budget impacts our school taxes although they are managed totally separately. While this arrangement cannot be changed, I often wonder if any economies (cost/tax savings, or even better service offerings) could be realized by a much closer, more formalized integration of the Public Library and the five (5) school libraries. ............................................................................................. There has not been much urgency to consider closer cooperation, integration or even some form of administrative consolidation among the six (6) libraries serving Wantagh (the community and our schools). However, the Governor is proposing significant property tax incentives two years from now for which only school districts and municipal governments that agree to consolidate some functions or services (to reduce costs) will be eligible. Food for thought for both the Board of Education members and the Wantagh Library Board members, starting right now.
Follow the Money January 15, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Sad that Seaford has such a crummy library. The community should invest in a new one. Oh I forgot we another turf field first.
Melissa January 16, 2014 at 07:28 AM
One of the first things I did when I moved to Seaford in 2002, was register my family at our library. For my 2 year old son with special needs, it became a home away from home. He is now 12 and along with my 10 year old and 6 year old daughters, they visit the library at least once a week (not including the special programs that are free or have a nominal cost) The children's librarians, Cindy, Jackie and Jillian are wonderful people and make every child who steps into that library feel special. Most importantly, they foster a child's love of reading. While I do not participate in many of the programs at he adult level, it is obvious that there are many to choose from. In addition, the fact that they are connected to the Nassau County system makes it possible to borrow books and materials from any Nassau County library. Our library is a wonderful resource. It's a shame that there are people in our town who are unaware of that.
Lorraine DeVita January 16, 2014 at 08:52 AM
The Seaford Library is an excellent neighbor,supporting the community and its residents offering many diverse programs for old and young alike. While it is not the most up to date cutting edge library, it does not matter.. It is what this community wants it to be because the leadership of the library listens to the communities input and tries to fulfill its needs . Its a homey welcoming small town library with access to some of the best libraries in the county. It is well used.
Celine Gallagher January 16, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Makes me sick the Money we have to pay for this Library in Seaford in our TAXES. Could do without it, we have the internet. a Joke.

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