Council Votes to Give Library Board $

November 18th, 2010

Last night’s meeting was a nail-biter, but the good news is: Council voted to give the Library Board the budget as allocated by the City Manager to administer as it sees fit. Since the Board has already pledged support of the Branches, and will next year move to the Library Fund model, it appears (for now) that the Branches have been saved. We couldn’t begin to thank everyone who participated in this effort, but suffice to say that when we asked you to put up yard signs saying Libraries Yes in your yards, we unloaded 500 of those puppies in less than 24 hours.  Supply couldn’t keep up with demand — You guys are good!

Jeff Smith posted an excellent recap of the sequence of last night’s events on the Central Street Neighbors website, and I would encourage you to take a read. Thank you, once again, to everyone who spoke, signed petitions, put up signs, wrote emails and letters, made donations, or just generally participated in our efforts these past many months. We feel incredibly lucky to live in such a wonderful community, and are grateful for your unflagging support.

The City Council will vote on the final budget on Monday, Nov. 22nd at 7PM and it would be nice to have as many of you in the crowd as possible to show our support for the Council’s decision to let the Library Board do what it does best, manage the libraries. If you would take the time for one last email to the Council thanking them, that would be greatly appreciated. Again, our most sincere thanks for everything you’ve done. Stay tuned. We’re sure there’s more adventure on the horizon…

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