We need your help! We are several signatures short in our library funding petition drive with little time remaining. Let’s celebrate GFJ’s 100th anniversary in 2015 with a successful funding drive and avoid reduced hours or cuts in our book, programming, and computer budgets. Please click here to see how you can help!

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September Board Meeting Rescheduled

The September 2014 meeting of GFJ’s Board of Trustees has been rescheduled.  It will now be held Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7 PM at the library.

Thanks to all participants in the Adult Summer Reading Club!

This was the first year of our Adult Summer Reading Club. We had 40 participants and you read over 500 books!!! Congratulations to our contest winners: Tracy &  Sarah! Hope you enjoyed the club, next year we will try and add some programming!!! See you next summer!

Our Library Needs Your Help!

HELP! GFJ needs your help. We’ve been busy since June collecting signatures needed to place a library funding proposition on the ballot in the Town of Union this November to increase funding for the Endicott & Johnson City libraries. We need about 1,000 more signatures by the end of August. About 90% of the funding for these two libraries comes from a special assessment in the Town of Union. They receive no direct funding from either Village, the Town of Union, or Broome County and have not had a funding increase since the last vote in 2008.

Let’s celebrate GFJ’s 100th anniversary with a successful funding drive and avoid reduced hours or cuts in our book, programming, and computer budgets. If you are a registered voter in the Town of Union you can sign the petition. (If you’re not registered we have copies of the voter registration form!) You can even get a copy of the petition at the library and ask your family and friends to sign or ask them to drop by the library to do so. The survey is also available to print by clicking here. (Adobe Reader is required.) Please make sure you have a registered Town of Union voter witness your signature.

The clock is ticking on quality library service in this community. If you value it please do your part.

Library Job Opening

Library Job Opening:  Library Page.  Primary responsibilities are re-shelving books, DVD’s etc., opening and closing the library, running errands, other duties as assigned.  15-19 hours per week, $8.00 per hour increasing to $9.00 on December 31, 2014.  Flexible schedule with some evening and Saturday hours.  Temporary through May 2015 with possibility for conversion to permanent. Apply by August 8 5 P.M. by submitting application/resume to Library Director Ed Dunscombe, GF Johnson Library, 1001 Park St., Endicott NY 13760. Fax 607-757-2491, e-mail en.ed@4cls.org.  Applications available for download at:



Summer PopUp Library!


StarWalk Kids Media has announced that it will make all 500 eBooks in its collection available free of charge for anyone with Internet access—children, families and educators—during the entire month of July. NO Passwords • NO logins. Kids can just start reading by visiting StarWalkKids.com/PopUp between July 1 and July 31.

Quilt Raffle is On!

This year’s raffle quilt is on display: “French Romance” by quilt artists Carol Bunnell and Sandy Minehan. Tickets are a dollar apiece or six for five dollars and proceeds go to support children’s programs here at GFJ. The drawing will be held September 11. Other quilts, some for sale, will be on display soon.


Summer Reading Clubs are not just for Kids! Join the Adult Summer Reading Club!

Join the fun this summer and enter to win a gift basket filled with “Literary Elements”. For every five books read, fill out a reading log and drop in the box in the adult area of the library. Winners will be drawn the week of August 4. Pick up your summer reading packets at the Adult Information desk, beginning June 26. The first 50 have a choice of a pen or book light bookmark!

Petition Carriers Needed

GFJ will hold its third of five scheduled Petition Carrier Orientation Sessions on Saturday, June 14 from 10 till 11 AM in the library’s basement meeting room. There is no need to stay the entire hour, the forms and information can be relayed in 5 or 10 minutes. If you can commit to getting even just a handful of signatures it will be a big help. We have only attracted two volunteers at the first two sessions, and we have over 21,000 registered borrowers! We have until the end of August to complete the petition process.

Petition carriers and signers must be registered to vote in the Town of Union which includes Endicott, Endwell, Johnson City, and other areas. More information on the vote and the petitions process is available at http://www.gfjlibrary.org/?page_id=4528/a>.

Non-resident Fee to Increase

For our non-resident patrons: At its June 2014 meeting the Library Trustees decided to increase the non-resident fee from $25.00 to $50.00 annually, per household, effective January 1, 2015.  This is the first increase in the fee in the 20 or so year existence of the fee, and brings the cost into line with what the average Town of Union taxpayer pays in support of the Endicott and Johnson City libraries.  The fee is per household, enabling everyone in a household to borrow items and use computers at all 43 libraries in the Four County System for a twelve-month period.  It does not apply to anyone who resides or owns real property in Broome, Delaware, Otsego or Chenango counties.  All such persons can obtain a free library card at any Four County System member library.

GFJ Needs Your Help!

GFJ needs your help!  Along with the Your Home Public Library (Johnson City) we have not received an increase in funding since 2008.  We hope to place a proposition on this November’s ballot seeking an increase designed to fund the libraries for another four years.  But first we need to collect some 2,000 petition signatures.  We are in need of volunteers to help circulate the petition.  If you can commit to getting just ten signatures (or more!) please contact us at 757-2415 or en.ed@4cls.org.  We will be holding our first Petition Carrier Orientation Session at the library on Tuesday, June 3 from 7-8 PM – you can stop by anytime that hour or stop by the library at your convenience to get a copy.  Signers and carriers must be registered to vote in the Town of Union.  For more information and an FAQ click on the “News & Information” tab above, then on “Library Funding News.”  And thanks!