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Rules for the Use of Levels

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A major function of the Great Neck Library is to present programs which meet and further the educational, cultural, and civic needs of the community. Levels has the responsibility in the Library for presenting such programs for the young people of our community.

Necessarily all programs sponsored by the Library and Levels which deal with areas of diverse opinions are presented in an unbiased manner which calls for fair presentation of all sides of an issue. Neither the Library nor Levels takes the role of an advocate in any area which does not directly affect them.

Adult organizations are offered the opportunity by the Library to utilize its meeting rooms to present diverse points of view under guidelines set by the Board of Trustees of the Library. The Board believes that the same opportunity should be offered in Levels to the young people in our community.

Permission to meet at the Library does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the organization or program by the Library Board or staff.  Rather, it is an affirmation of the Library Bill of Rights, which states:

As an institution of education for democratic living, the library should welcome the use of its meeting rooms for socially useful and cultural activities and discussions of current public questions. Such meeting places should be available on equal terms to all groups in the community regardless of the beliefs and affiliations of their members.
Since young people are typically not represented by the type of formal organizations that exist for adults, any group of eight or more young people (7th grade through college) who reside in the Great Neck School District may apply for permission to sponsor a program or meeting in Levels for the purpose of furthering the educational, cultural, or civic needs of the community. Levels is not available for meetings of a commercial nature.

Permission to use Levels is granted subject to the following restrictions. Failure to comply with any of them may result in immediate cancellation of the permit and jeopardize future permission to use the room.

  • Permits are not transferable.
  • Where meetings are jointly sponsored, all co-sponsors must be named on the application.
  • All programs or meetings must be open to all young people of the community and they may be open to the entire general public if desired.
  • No solicitation or collection of funds from the general public is permitted on library premises. However, the Levels Planning Board is allowed to consider fund-raising applications and applications from outside groups for the use of Levels at a time when Levels is open, subject to the approval of the Library Director.
  • No unwarranted implications that an organization or program is sponsored or approved by the Library is permitted. Neither the name nor the address of the Great Neck Library or Levels may be used as an official address or headquarters of any organization.
Please call (516) 466-8055, ext. 217 for further details or to obtain an application to use Levels.
 
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