Letter to the Editor: Red Hook Public Library Budget Referendum

To the Editor:

 

The Red Hook Public Library had an incredible year in 2014. We shared more than 82,000 items – including books, DVDs, audiobooks, periodicals and other items. But people don’t come to the library just to borrow things – we hosted 517 programs in 2014,attended by 6,466 adults, 1,148 teens and 3,928 kids for a total of 11,542 participants.

 

We’ve done everything from learn Italian to how to make our own films and hovercrafts, and even dance — both Bollywood and swing. We opened our Children’s Learning Garden to great acclaim, which enabled us to increase our programs during nice weather, including hosting a week-long Science Camp and a week-long Film Camp for kids in the summer. We helped people write resumes, search for work online and find jobs. Our amazing Teen Techs helped several dozen people learn to navigate the Internet, use new devices and download e-books.

 

We’re proud of our accomplishments, and are pleased to be one of 85 libraries out of more than 7,500 nationwide to be designated a five-star library by Library Journal. We also received a “Libraries Transforming Communities” grant from the American Library Association, one of only ten libraries in the country to be selected. We are now turning to our community for additional support to meet the great demand for our programs and services. Voters will have a an opportunity to vote on a Chapter 259 Referendum onTuesday, May 19, 2015, during the Red Hook Central School District’s budget vote.

 

We are requesting a 1.56% increase, in order to keep up with the demand for services and materials, operations and technology costs, and to maintain our historic mid-nineteenth century octagonal building in the heart of Red Hook.

 

Please support Proposition 3 of the Red Hook Central School budget, in favor of funding Red Hook Public Library.

 

Sincerely,

Barry Ramage, Maryelisa Blundell, Karen Sipperley, Don O’Shea & Jill Hall

Red Hook Public Library Board of Trustees