On Monday, April 4, the Library Joint Powers Board approved a library service model that preserves all ten branches, with a minimum of 30 hours per week at each branch, and with no branch dependent on volunteers to open its doors.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel provides a report on the meeting as well as an editorial on the decision.
FLF members will next work together on how we can support structural changes to the Joint Powers Authority Agreement that will protect the three small branches in the unincorporated areas of the County from future threats of closure.
Many, many Felton Library Friends created this victory for community branch libraries: those who contacted Board members and political representatives; those who attended and/or spoke at Board meetings, City Council meetings, and hearings; and those who wrote to the Sentinel and the Press Banner. Your voices made a huge difference.
In the six years since the Felton branch was first threatened with closure, the past months have surely been the most challenging. FLF is proud of the connections we have nurtured over the years — with our Supervisor, with reporters and editors in the media, with civic leaders — all of which helped result in a plan for the library system that honors the intent and promises of Measures B and R (sales tax measures).
Felton Library Friends will continue to promote excellent public library services for Felton and surrounding areas and work towards a new Felton branch library.