Dear Felton Library Friend —

It is a Happy New Year for all of us who are working towards a new branch library for Felton and surrounding communities.

The Library’s Joint Powers Board last Monday reaffirmed its focus on the site next to the Felton Post Office, property offered by the Verutti family in 2002, for the replacement Felton branch library. The Board also appropriated $30,000 for a revision of the 2003 architectural plans and a professional estimate of project costs, all to be completed by June 2007. While the Board has not yet appropriated funds for the building project itself, FLF feels that the steps the Board has taken will help all parties to build the momentum necessary for funding, including supplemental funding from the community.

You may read more about this in today’s Sentinel, at:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2007/January/15/local/stories/05local.htm

Architect Teall Messer will be meeting with the Felton Task Force (a committee consisting of FLF representatives, Board members, and library administrators) as well as with FLF itself, so that the community vision of the library can be incorporated into his revised plans. We invite you to become part of this process. If you have perhaps not been able to participate in FLF before but now have time, this is an excellent time to jump in and become part of an exciting process in the San Lorenzo Valley.

We meet once a month (fourth Tuesday, 4:00 p.m., Felton Firehouse) for planning and discussion — our next meeting is a week from tomorrow, January 23. Our Building and Events/Fundraising committees are actively working on how FLF can contribute to the process of bringing the Valley a truly fine library for the next fifty years.
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

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