I feel truly fortunate to work in a community that loves and values its library enough to give it strong support, even in a tough budget year. Thank you to the voters in Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais, Worcester and Middlesex for supporting your library this year! And thanks also to those in Berlin who voted for library funding, losing only by a slim margin.
Out of fairness to our taxpaying communities, we won't be able to continue providing free cards to Berlin residents, and we will give more information on that following our next board meeting. But we hope that those in Berlin who value this service will work in their community to pass library funding in the future. The more partners we have, the more affordable our library will be.
By the way, did you know that Vermont is one of very few states in the U.S. that does not provide state funding to its public libraries? Do you think that this is (as we say in the library world) OVERDUE? If you'd like to support libraries in Vermont, please call your legislators and let them know.