Dear Felton Library Friends —

Earlier this month, the Library Joint Powers Board requested the Acting Library Director to balance the 2009-10 budget without closing any of the ten branch libraries. Yesterday she issued two proposals with differing amounts of cuts to accomplish this goal. The proposals will be discussed at the Board meeting next Monday night, June 1, at 7:30, in the Board of Supervisors meeting room in the County Building, 701 Ocean St.

The proposals both reduce open hours at the Felton branch to eight hours per week, with a proposed schedule of two weekday afternoons, 1-5 pm. Other small branches have proposed hours ranging from eight to twenty, while larger branches would be open 24-32 hours, and the Central branch would be open 36-40 hours per week.

To read the proposals in their entirety, go to: http://www.santacruzpl.org/news/2009/may/28/2009-2010-library-budget-proposal-lower-revenues-r/

In voting to keep all branches open and to spread the pain between them all, a principle cited by several Board members was to “prune, but prune to recover.” We can be grateful that our Felton library and the enthusiasm we have for library services in the San Lorenzo Valley will not be entirely suspended. Keeping our branch and our Friends organization alive during these dire times gives us the greatest chance of accomplishing our goal of the new San Lorenzo Valley community library that our residents deserve.

FLF members will attend the June 1 meeting and will be prepared to defend the smaller libraries should the need arise. We invite anyone interested to join us as a show of support for the best possible library service for ALL areas of the County.

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