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Area library directors to rally lawmakers

November 01, 2009
Proposed cuts in state aid to libraries have area directors preparing to rally lawmakers at the State House tomorrow.

"I just want to raise consciousness," said Jacob Edwards Library Director Margaret Morrissey, who plans to attend the rally. Morrissey and Charlton Public Library Director Cheryl Hansen plan to make their collective voices heard by urging lawmakers not to follow through on the proposed funding cut. Other libraries from across the state plan to attend the gathering, which the Massachusetts Library Association is sponsoring.

The state Board of Library Commissioners (BLC) is considering cutting $2,882,187 in funding to local libraries for the next fiscal year, according to Spokesman Celeste Bruno. The cut would leave them with little more than $7 million.

The BLC is also considering a plan to fold the regional library systems, which provide various services to local libraries, into one or two larger entities. Area directors say this could mean losing the inter-library loan (ILL) system patrons currently rely on, along with other services.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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