Lansing at Large: Library Trustees, budget face April 30 vote


Lansing voters will elect three trustees and vote on the 2020 budget for the Lansing Community Library April 30 – voters from the Lansing School District will be able to cast their votes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. Absentee and early voting ballots are now available at the library.

The Library will hold its annual meeting April 29 to preview its proposed budget and introduce trustee candidates Christina Forties (incumbent), Maureen Trowbridge, and Elizabeth Gossett. Trustees voted to put a $208,340 budget for 2020 before the voters, an increase of $8,020, or 3.8 percent, over 2019 spending.

The library opened its doors in 2001 as a reading room of the Tompkins County Public Library and voters agreed to upgrade it to a school district library in 2007. At the same time, the building was renovated and improved to provide a handicapped-accessible library with a children’s room for reading and programming, a community meeting room, a periodical and reference room, administrative space, storage areas, and increased book space.

The library is directed by Susie Gutenberger and her staff of four. In 2017, there were 36,500 visits to the library and more than 82,000 items were checked out. About one-third of Lansing residents have a library card.
This summer, the Library will serve as a distribution site for the “Summer Lunchbox” program and the “Campership” program. The latter, led by Linda Pasto, provides scholarships to day camps in Myers Park for 15 students and encourages families to take advantage of summer programming at the library. Space-themed art projects, science activities, and experiments will be featured in keeping with the library’s summer reading theme “A Universe of Stories.”

The Kevin Snyder Memorial Fund has pledged $2,000 and the Triad Foundation will give $7,500 to support this program financially. Program support is provided by the Lansing PTSO and school board member Susan Tabrizi.

More information about the Summer Lunchbox and Campership programs will be presented during the library’s annual meeting.

Special upcoming events at the library include: the “Peepalooza” April 27 from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m.; an art presentation by Lansing High grad Jason Yahn; “Star Wars Day” on May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and a presentation on blue-green algae May 11 at 1 p.m. The semi-annual book sale is slated for June 21 and 22.

In brief:

Talent showcase, fundraiser
The first annual Lansing Talent Showcase LTAPA Spring Fundraiser will be held on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Event Center, 1638 East Shore Drive.
The event will be an evening celebrating the amazing talents of Lansing students, faculty, and community members.

Tickets are available now at Tickets for adults are $10 and $5 for students in grades 5 to 12. Elementary school students are admitted free.

Days for Girls April 26 and 27
The Tompkins County Chapter of “Days for Girls,” the “Sewing Saints,” will work to create post-partum and heavy flow kits April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Catholic Church at 347 Ridge Road.

All are welcomed: sewers, Serger’s, those who cut patterns, and kit assembly personnel. Come for an hour or all day, and join in creating reusable feminine hygiene kits for women and girls, bringing them better health and dignity.
For more information, call Andra Benson at 607-342-2147 or email her at You can learn more about the program at


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