The state of the Southborough Library

by susan on February 25, 2010

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Selectmen recently proposed a 4.5% decrease in the library’s budget for the coming fiscal year. What impact will the cut have on the library and what are the implications for its future? Attend this meeting to find out:

On Tuesday, March 9, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., the library presents its first-ever “State of the Library Address.” Southborough residents are invited to attend. Join fellow library supporters, staff, Trustees and Friends to learn more about the library from Library Director, Jane Cain. Given the troubling stories of municipal and state budgets and the effect on libraries, what is the role of the public library in Southborough? And how can we ensure that our library continues to grow and remains a vital part of the community?

This event, hosted by the Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Library, will take place in the main reading room at the library, located at 25 Main Street, at the junction of Routes 30 and 85. Refreshments will be served.

Come to the library Tuesday evening, March 9, for a State of the Library information session. We hope to see you there!

1 John Kendall February 25, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I think most of us feel bad when a budget needs to be cut, but I hope they don’t all line up with “State of the Department” speeches. Every department is pretty much accepting the fact that cuts must be made (well, except the schools). These are drastic times, and they require drastic measures. Hopefully the economy will really turn the corner soon and next year won’t look so bleak.

2 John Butler March 9, 2010 at 12:56 AM

I would agree with Mr. Kendall if there was evenhanded treatment, however, Mr. Kendall is not aware of the current facts. As of now the Board of Selectmen is singling out the Library for a uniquely deep cut compared to other departments, over 4.5% down, while the average across all Town budgets is down about 1/2 of 1%, and only one budget, out of about 40, is down more than the Selectmen’s proposal for the Library. Of course, the ultimate decision is entirely in the hands of Town Meeting which has sole authority to act on this matter.

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