A Plan for Tomorrow – It’s Not Your Grandma’s Library Anymore

Nationwide, libraries are busier than ever, and the NRPL is no exception. In-person visits, programming and attendance are at all time highs. In fact, the last ten years has witnessed a 20% increase in library visits. Our Library continues to be at the center of New Rochelle life, serving the diverse needs of our community, but the demands and challenges have changed. According to Library Director Tom Geoffino, “Today’s library is less about books and more about shared information, technology and creating spaces for collaboration.”

 

A New Generation of Donors

Heath Windcliff knows a thing or two about the power of technology. Today, Heath is Managing Director at Morgan Stanley leading a team in research and development of algorithmic trading strategies. Heath, who recently purchased and restored a historic home in New Rochelle, feels strongly about giving back to his community. “I found out about the great work the library is doing from my neighbor, Chris Selin, and it just struck a chord in me. Technology is expensive and powerful. We want to make sure that everyone in our community has access to the tools that can open doors to the world of information.”

 

A Plan For Tomorrow – Makerspace Movement

The research is clear:  people learn best when they follow their passions and collaborate with others. Moreover, they retain more information when they are makers rather than passive learners. According to Library Director, Tom Geoffino, libraries are a leading force in the Makerspace Movement. “We want to nourish a generation of makers rather than consumers. Next we’d like to build a Cube – a freestanding 6’x 6’ sound studio to complement the new Digital Media Lab. We also have plans for a community mentorship program and afterschool classes in 3D printing and Lego robotics. Lego robotics will be a collaborative program with the Board of Education.  As always, we look to the Foundation for help in funding all these projects which are beyond the scope of our taxpayer supported budget.”