Friday, March 4, 2016

Friends of the Library send Letter to the Editor

Published March 4, 2016 in Leonia Life

Dear Leonia Life Editor,

We write to express our concern about the proposed cuts in funding to the Leonia Public Library addressed in your February 19th article “Council may cut funds to town library.”

It goes without saying that the Leonia Library has been an important information source and tremendous asset to our community. In addition to the study space and resources it provides, the Library also offers a variety of programs for children and teen education, adult and senior education, job seekers and the Korean community. And just last year, it opened the Makerspace, a workplace dedicated to the important initiative of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) education. This is just one example of how our Library has been working to fulfill/address the changing needs of our community. To learn that almost all of these programs would be eliminated, the collection budget would be reduced by 75%, the archive would close, and hours would be substantially reduced is very disheartening news.

We understand budget constraints, however, we are hopeful there will be further consideration or alternate solutions as the Library works through this process with our Mayor & Council. If you share our concerns and would like to voice and show your support [for our Library], please consider attending the Mayor & Council meeting on Monday, March 7th at 7:30pm at the Borough Annex.

Sincerely,
Friends of the Leonia Library (FOLL)
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