South­ern Le­high li­brary fund­ing is in jeop­ardy

The Morning Call - - Town Square -

As pres­i­dent of the South­ern Le­high Pub­lic Li­brary board of direc­tors, I want to make our res­i­dents and pa­trons aware of a pos­si­ble fund­ing and ser­vice is­sue. We are funded by Lower Mil­ford Town­ship, Up­per Sau­con Town­ship, Coop­ers­burg and the South­ern Le­high School District.

Lower Mil­ford su­per­vi­sors have in­di­cated they may with­hold fund­ing for the South­ern Le­high Pub­lic Li­brary for next year.

Aloss of fund­ing would re­sult in re­duc­tion of li­brary ser­vices, hours of op­er­a­tion, ma­te­ri­als for the col­lec­tion, and staffing, which will neg­a­tively af­fect all pa­trons and the com­mu­nity. Dur­ing th­ese un­cer­tain times, the li­brary pro­vides crit­i­cal sup­port for fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als strug­gling with vir­tual or hy­brid learn­ing, job loss, lack of in­ter­net ser­vice, rapidly chang­ing tech­nol­ogy and iso­la­tion dur­ing the pan­demic.

The li­brary of­fers tech sup­port, elec­tronic books and ref­er­ence ma­te­ri­als, vir­tual pro­gram­ming, pub­lic com­put­ers, books that sup­ple­ment school cur­ric­ula and well-trained li­brar­i­ans.

We are ask­ing res­i­dents of our fund­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and the school district to sup­port con­tin­ued li­brary fund­ing and make your feel­ings known to the Lower Mil­ford Town­ship board of su­per­vi­sors.

Bruce P. Eames

The writer is pres­i­dent of the South­ern Le­high Pub­lic Li­brary Board of Direc­tors.

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