Dear Friends —

Next Monday, April 4, the Library Board will vote on the subcommittee recommendation that all ten branches remain open with a minimum of 30 hours per branch, with no branch depending upon volunteers to stay open.
There will be a public comment period before the vote. FLF is really pleased with the recommendation, which all parties predict will be approved by a substantial majority of the Board.

The meeting will be at 6:30pm at the Santa Cruz County Building 5th floor, Board of Supervisors Chamber, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.

Once the Board approves the subcommittee proposal, FLF members will discuss how they 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.

Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead