Great Neck Library board honors former trustee, approves badges and phone purchases

Great Neck Library board honors former trustee, approves badges and phone purchases
The library board honored Francine Ferrante Krupski, a former trustee, for her years of service on the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

The Great Neck Library Board of Trustees approved the addition of three phones, providing photo identification badges to staff members and presenting a plaque to a former trustee on Monday night.

Former Trustee Francine Ferrante Krupski, who served on the library board for six years, said she had originally focused on raising her three sons as a teacher and educator. But after retiring, the Great Neck resident said she wanted to be more involved with the community.

Krupski was elected to two four-year terms, but she said she resigned halfway through the second term because she was traveling to Florida for three months and wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Marietta DiCamillo, a former trustee who served with Krupski, recalled when the trustees were working together during the renovation of the Main Library. While Krupski was not on the Building Committee, DiCamillo described her as “great” and part of a “very solid group.”

“And she was very supportive throughout the process,” DiCamillo said.

Trustees also approved the issuance of 130 identification badges for library staff members, on-call staff and library trustees.

“This is for security and safety,” Trustee Josie Pizer said.

Trustees also approved the purchase of three additional telephones at the main building at a cost of $2,179.80.

Weihua Yan, a trustee, said he felt the price sounded “awfully expensive,” before trustees explained this includes the telephones, licensing, programming and integration with the rest of the system.

Library trustees also noted that the price was about 30 percent less than what was originally offered.

There will also be a Branch Committee meeting on Monday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeville Branch on 475 Great Neck Road where there will be a presentation on the proposed redesign of the Station Branch at 26 Great Neck Road.

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