It's vital that Friends speak up for our library!
Due to budget underfunding from Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg, the library has been forced to reduce hours at Porter, Salem Church, and Fredericksburg branches starting in July. If you live in one of the affected jurisdictions, please tell your elected representatives to keep the library doors open! Additionally, Spotsylvania, which did not decide to fund the library the $78,000 needed to keep Salem Church Branch hours as they are, instead voted to evaluate the possibility of leaving the library system, which would be devastating to Spotsylvania citizens, and represent a massive increase in the cost of the library services they now depend on. Leaving the regional library has been looked at it previously by jurisidictions, who have always found that such a move would greatly increase costs to taxpayers.
The library's budget appears to focus on the essentials. Library staff need cost of living (COLA) increases, as County and City staff do. Also, clearly the library's goal is to shorten the amount of time we have to wait for books and other materials. In order to fund the COLA and shorten our wait time for library materials, the Library Board had no choice but to reduce service hours. They prioritized continuing to provide excellent service by supporting library staff and reducing wait time for materials.The library provides books and other materials to represent the wide diversity of our community, and encourages all families and individuals to make their own reading choices. If you support every individual’s freedom to read and the library’s role in ensuring materials are available for everyone in our community, contact the CRRL Board of Trustees by email or speak at a board meeting.
1. To contact your Board of Supervisors or City Council:
You can also email your comments and mailing address to email@example.com and we’ll forward them to all members of Boards of Supervisors or City Council in your region.
2. The BOS or City Council of each jurisdiction welcome participation in public hearings. For a schedule of public hearings, or to sign up or submit comments, visit:
3. The Library Board of Trustees includes representatives from each of the jurisdictions the library serves. To contact the Board, visit librarypoint.org/board-of-trustees.
4. Library Board meetings are open to the public and begin with a Public Comment segment. Any resident in the library’s service area is welcome to speak for up to 3 minutes. You do not need to sign up ahead of time.
5. To send letters to the editor:
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7. When posting on social media, you can tag the Friends @crrlfriends and the library @crrlnews
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In 2019, CRRL customers saved $49,327,119 by checking out books and other physical materials, and $2,960,970 by checking out eBooks and eAudios, instead of purchasing those items. CRRL customers accessing Lynda.com saved $240-$460 on annual subscriptions.
To see how much money you have saved, visit the American Library Association’s Library Value Calculator.