In this episode, aired 7/10/2020, we spoke with Grace Riario – Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System.
Grace Riario has more than twenty years of experience working in a diverse number of public, college, and school libraries. Currently, she is the Executive Director at the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) in Middletown, NY. She received an MLIS from Queens College, an MPA from Penn State University, and an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration through Long Island University. For the last eight years, she has worked to develop strong partnerships with colleges, universities, and regional not-for-profit organizations.
To open our discussion, I asked the question: How do libraries make their communities a better place?
From that point on, we covered the following topics:
- How did libraries help community members during the lockdown?
- How are libraries are running Summer Reading Program while keeping social distance?
- Why do libraries care about the digital divide?
We also continued our new segment: RapidFire, during which we ask each weekly guest a variety of questions in shortform, gathered from local online community groups:
- Is there a way to get a library card online? Unable to use ebooks, etc. through Overdrive without one.
- Are all libraries in the RCLS system now open for curbside pickup?
- Can you rent ebooks through your library?
- Why does $50 a month in taxes go to my library?
- What is a service of libraries that is not well known, but should be?
- What is the criteria for including a written publication (a book) in the library
- What is Libby?
- What is Hoopla?
Our guest next week will be Rockland County Executive Ed Day. We will commence the broadcast on Friday, 7/17/2020 at 12:30 pm.
If you would like to submit a question for our RapidFire segment with Mr. Day, please fill out this form. All questions relevant to Rockland County, and/or its individual communities will be considered for the segment.