Irondequoit is under going a similar location issue in their quest for a new library. A citizens group has posted this video to YouTube of the top ten reasons why the two small neighborhood libraries on either side of town shouldn’t consolidate into one centrally located library.
This is a very passionate group and I love the fact that they are so interested in their local library. However, I’m not sure they’ve done their homework. We have a lot of statistics on recent library building projects in Monroe County and none of the circulation has ever gone down because someone built a new space. In fact it attracts a lot more people to come use the space.
One of my big goals for this library has finally been met!
We now have an official Friends of the Parma Public Library.
A meeting was held Tuesday, September 11 and officers were elected. The Friends will be helping out with our booksale and other fundraising efforts and events on the Library’s behalf.
Friends are very important to the health of any public library. Friends groups in other towns raise thousands of dollars to support special programs that the general budget does not cover.
If you are interested in volunteering, the Friends will be having their next meeting October 9 at 7pm.
A complete stop? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows what the future holds for the community center/library expansion project? But for now the project is on hold.
The costs of the combined project were estimated to be $160 per $100,000 of assessed value and the Town Board had concerns about hiking the tax rate that much. The location issue came up again, when the current community center was taken off the table as a suitable site for the project, this left the Town Hall complex as the sole building site and the Library Board had strong reservations about the Library going that far outside the village.
So the roller coaster has stopped for a moment and we can all catch our breath and decide if we want to ride it again.