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TASC to replace the GED exam in New York State – What you need to know

January 7th, 2014 No comments

A new high school equivalency exam – the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) – will replace the GED in New York State.

The TASC will be similar to the GED but will change in difficulty and format over the next three years.






Important Information – the TASC will:

1) have 5 subject areas – reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.

2) be primarily multiple choice, with one essay, and some short answer, in 2014.

3) be available in English, Spanish, and Braille.

4) be free in New York State.

5) be offered on paper. At some testing locations, it will also be offered on computer. The percentage of computer testing available will increase each year.

6) Accommodations for various disabilities are available. Approval for accommodations must accompany the application for a test date, so it’s important to apply early for accommodations.


If you took the GED test between 2002 and 2013 and passed any of the 5 subject tests,  your passing scores will count until the end of 2015!

Connect with us at one of our TASC centers. Click here for hours, locations and other help.

For additional information, please visit the New York State Department of Education website or email us at

Library Advocacy

October 3rd, 2012 No comments

There are currently two political action committees (PACs) that address advocacy issues related to public libraries and library systems in New York State. The first, New Yorkers for Better Libraries, has issued a 2012 Voter’s Guide that reviews the voting records of NYS legislators. Many of our local legislators scored well in this legislative review, with Assemblyman Thomas A. Abinanti (AD 92), Assemblywoman, Sandy Galef (AD 90), Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (SD 34), Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (SD 37), and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (SD 35) receiving the highest ranking for their legislative support of libraries and library systems.

EveryLibrary is a national PAC that focuses exclusively on local library ballot initiatives and measures. This PAC was launched in early September 2012 and it plans to fundraise at the national level in support of local library ballot activities and to provide local libraries with the technical support and consultancy assistance needed to achieve a successful vote.

In addition to the information provided by these PACs, individuals are also encouraged to check the websites of the Westchester Library System (WLS), the New York Library Association (NYLA), the New York State Library and the American Library Association (ALA) to learn more about ongoing library issues and trends. An important Save the Date for NYS advocacy efforts is Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – the next Library Advocacy Day in Albany, NY.

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Westchester Business Roundtable At WLS

October 1st, 2012 No comments

In an attempt to better connect with the business community of Westchester County, the Westchester Library System holds regular meetings with key members of the community.  These meetings provide an opportunity to share some of the valuable initiatives developed by the Westchester Library System designed specifically for business.

Here is a copy of the presentation from our meeting this past summer.


Westchester’s Big City Libraries

June 7th, 2012 No comments

Recently, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative put out a study entitled, The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future.

For those who work in an urban library setting, there were no surprises in the Executive Summary, which stated:

 “Big-city public libraries have rarely been as popular as they are today and rarely as besieged.”

The report goes on to document the growing popularity of various library services for 14 big cities around the nation, most of which are represented by a number of interesting graphs.

I thought it might be interesting to see how Westchester’s big cities would compare to the data found.  Some of the charts could not be replicated exactly.  Our latest available data is from 2010; we are in the process now of collecting the 2011 data.  Below are a few samples of the charts from the report along with their Westchester renditions.


One interesting note is that the current Director of the Philadelphia Free Library is a former Director of the Westchester Library System, Siobhan Reardon.