From the Director

karenThis month, libraries all over Connecticut need our help.  The Governor’s proposed budget for FY 2015-2016 eliminates funding for CLC units, Connecticard, and state grants to libraries.

  • CLC stands for CT Library Consortium, an organization that negotiates material discounts and training for our libraries – last year, the Blackstone Library saved over $40,000 in discounts on the materials we purchased for our circulating collection. Training opportunities through CLC helped staff present the quality programs that over 17,000 people enjoyed last year.
  • Connecticard is the program that compensates libraries for loaning materials to nonresidents.  Last year, the Blackstone Library received over $7,000 in Connecticard reimbursements, for loaning materials to our neighbors on the shoreline and other nearby communities.
  • Finally, state grants to libraries ensure that statistics on library activities are collected – the Blackstone Library earned $1,200 from this program last year, funds that were used to purchase materials for our collection.

The proposed budget cuts will reduce funds for our circulating collection, resulting in fewer items for patrons to borrow.  Last year, the Blackstone Library circulated almost 215,000 books, dvds and audiobooks.  We would most likely need to ask the Town of Branford for additional funds in our materials budget to make up for the loss.

The CT Library Association is asking that the Governor restore $2,000,000 to the state library budget in order to preserve these programs.  You can help by attending a rally at the state capitol on April 15th, and contacting your local legislators to let them know how important this issue is to you.  For more information, please visit the CLA website.  Thank you for your help!

 Karen Jensen, Library Director

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