The Milton-Union Public Library is currently distributing and collecting surveys to aid its board of trustees in making decisions for the library because of the state’s current funding shortfall. This is an opportunity for library patrons to be heard on the subject of future changes to library operations.
The library began instituting cutbacks in 2008 and had been frugal for many years before. Despite this, the drastic reduction in state funding is beginning to take a toll on library processes. Current services will not be able to continue as usual because of these cutbacks and existing operational expenses.
The survey will allow patrons to voice their opinions on the topics of reduced hours, closure days and a possible levy. The survey also has a fact sheet on many of the cuts made by library board and staff since 2008 including pay and hiring freezes, reductions in library materials and supplies purchasing and increasing reliance on community donations of money, packing supplies and materials such as books, DVDs, CDs and prizes.
Library patrons are encouraged to stop in and fill out a survey if they haven’t already. Folks who have taken one with them to complete are asked to return the forms as soon as possible.
The library is located at 560 S. Main Street, West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit the library, call 698-5515 or go to www.mupubliclibrary.org.