It is with great joy that I announce my candidacy for trustee of the Mount Vernon Public Library.
Some of my fondest memories as a child were growing up in the Mount Vernon Public Library because it was a place where I could let my imagination run wild. I remember spending hours in the children’s section of the library reading books about model train sets and taking cooking classes on Asian cuisine. I strongly believe the Library is a critical institution in serving as a foundation for our residents.
In a city that is lacking opportunities for the youth, with the former YMCA building down the block now empty and facing a sale, I believe the Mount Vernon Public Library plays a crucial role in laying the future foundation for our city. I envision our library to be a world class-center for educational, cultural, technological and nutritional enrichment, provid\ing a fundamental base to move Mount Vernon forward. With the distinction of being the Central Library for Westchester County it is imperative that our library remains at the precipice of pushing progressive policies. As Library trustee I want to work on the following:
1. Fiscal Accountability – Mount Vernon residents are overtaxed and when it comes to the MVPL’s budget, taxpayers should expect to receive the best service for their investment. This includes eliminating wasteful spending and using best practices to streamline operations. Additionally, our library should continue to provide a high level of professionalism and deliver quality programming to the community, while keeping taxes reasonable.
2. Technology – Mount Vernon deals with a digital divide that hinders our students and senior citizens. I support any initiatives that continue to push Mount Vernon into the 21st Century with 3-D printing, gigabit connections, e-books, high speed Wi-Fi access, and new software and hardware upgrades.
3. Collaboration & Outreach – I believe in hitting the streets and reaching out into the community, that’s why I want to work on reviving the Bookmobile to draw people into the Library to utilize its vast resources. This means working with organizations and creating partnerships to find alternative funding to help complement to Mount Vernon Public Library and create an effective network that people can use.
The Mount Vernon Public Library election will be held on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 at the Mount Vernon Public Library on 28 South 1st Avenue in the Grace Greene Baker Community room. Voting hours are between 7am – 9pm. I look forward to having your support.
Malcolm I. Clark
Author is a candidate for the Mount Vernon Public Library Trustee position.