Daily Archives: January 30, 2017

State funding for libraries at 1998 levels

We are setting up a letter-writing station in the library for interested patrons to contact their state legislators about the importance of their public library.  Whether you love inter-library loan, movies, programs, reliable information, Internet access, or just the democratic principle of the thing  — your public libraries are working through decreasing funding and increasing costs. The state mandated minimum wage increase is expected to increase delivery costs by 39%. The result will be longer wait times for your requested materials and possible cuts to the delivery schedule. Training opportunities for library staff have been scaled back and most libraries have reduced hours and services.  Here is a link to the iBerkshire article covering the recent breakfast in Stockbridge that laid out a bleak picture despite the slight 1% increase in overall funding in Gov. Baker’s budget.

http://www.iberkshires.com/story/53820/Berkshire-Delegation-Supports-State-Library-Funding.html