Library Board Appeals for Budget Funds

To the Editor:

Now is the time!

The Library Board of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library is reaching out to the citizens of Monroe with the following message:

The Town budget will be developed over the next few months and that means now is the time to let our First Selectman, the Town Council and the Board of Finance know that you support adequate funding for the library. The library director has submitted a budget with a modest increase that includes 
raises for part time employees who have not had an increase for 7 years, in addition to an increase in the book and materials budgets.

The materials budget covers programs, DVD’s, music, magazines and newspapers. Please email, call, or write our elected officials and let them know you support these increases and that you consider the library an important part of our community. Email addresses may be found on the library website at www.ewml.org or the Town website at www.monroect.org

Every year the library falls behind in its ability to bring the latest informational technology to our citizens and to deliver an abundance of books for young children just beginning their relationship with reading.

The library hours of operation have dropped from a high of being open for 58 hours to 47 hours. The library operates on less than one penny for every tax dollar collected and provides more than the recent bestsellers. It is where help is given to the patron seeking a new job, the student requiring more resources than his school provides, a meeting place for teens to create their own safe space to share interests outside of school, the first social interaction for a toddler, and enriching cultural and informative programs.

It is time for our 12,000+ patrons who made over 130,000 visits to the library to voice their opinions; for the 10,000 patrons that attended library programs to let their voices be heard! The library contributes to the economic vitality of our Town by demonstrating to prospective residents and businesses that Monroe is a desirable Town in which to live and do business in. Support the library by writing today.

Submitted by the Library Board of Trustees of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
William Ehlers, Chairman
Alice Deak
James Fogarty
Erin Passineau
Emily Serniak
Patricia Shea
Pat Paniccia December 31, 2013 at 08:51 PM
The library should have sufficient funds to properly pay it's employees, offer services for town residents, and return to the previous hours of operation so that town residents have access to books, reference materials, and computers. Libraries improve the quality of life. Support them.
Woodbury Connecticut January 01, 2014 at 11:29 PM
I was shocked when I learned just how little people who work in our libraries earn.
Nancy B. January 02, 2014 at 12:19 PM
It's time for a pay increase for the library employees and it is time for the Town budget to increase the support for the services that the library provides. I would like to see my taxes go to support something that I actually use in this town.
Barney January 02, 2014 at 12:35 PM
I aint use library and i aint no education book lover. I should be paying no taxes because i aint use a book loving library and i aint got no school age childs so i aint need to be paying them taxes when i got my tax bill because this aint used to be a fancy book loving education loving community. I be remembering when Elm Street be a dirt road and now education lovers move into town and want me to pay higher taxes and now book lovers want me to pay higher taxes too. Monroe be needing a return to its glory days and we aint need fancy books.


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