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Saturday, November 6, 2010

A post from the Troy Library Site

I know many people thought it was no big deal if we lost our library, we can just use those libraries in nearby communities.
Nope...
A post on Troy's library website.
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Submitted by U. Charlie (not verified) on Thu, 11/04/2010 - 19:02.
I am a librarian in a neighboring community.   We are already seeing an increase in Troy residents using this library....many thinking that if they register their Troy library card here - they will be able to continue to use this library.  Sorry -- On July 1, 2011, we press the button and delete you from the system. 
What does this really mean?  No material check out, no database use, no interlibrary loan of materials from libraries across the state, no attendance at registered programs, no summer reading programs for children, no Museum Adventure Passes, no free internet.  It does not matter if your children attend schools in our community.  While their classmates check out material for their homework and required reading, your children will not be able to do the same.
These are indeed challenging times.  Everyone is making difficult decisions about where to put our shrinking dollars.  Libraries across the state are slashing budgets, cutting benefits, decreasing salaries, reducing hours and laying off staff. To the Troy resident who yelled at me yesterday "You libraries have to get your act together" - I respond - "OUR act is together. Our immediate obligation is to the taxpayers who fund us -- not residents from neighboring communities who have chosen to not fund their own library. 

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