This page provides information about articles that refer to the Southwick Public Llibrary.
The November/December issue of Wrapper the newsletter of the Western Mass. Regional Library System (WMRLS) had two articles on activities at the Southwick Public Library.
The Westfield News (formerly known as the Westfield Evening News)provides listings of events at the Southwick Public Library on a ongoing basis. In addition the Library subscribes to the paper for library users to use.
(June 11, 2015) The Chicopee Public Library began use of a new mobile library today as reported in the Republican. Click here to read more. Although Southwick doesn't use a book mobile larger cities have used them for decades. Here in Western Mass. the former Western Mass. Regional Library System (WMRLS) used large delivery trucks and a book mobile to provide books to libraries throughout the counties of Western Mass including Southwick.
(December 2012) The Library FY 2014 budget (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014) will be discussed by the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting on December 11. The Board of Selectmen have asked each town department, board, committee, etc. to submit two budgets for 2014. One budget with no net change (zero increase budget) and another minus fice percent budget. The budget requests are due to the Board of Selectmen the week onf December 10.
(May 2012) The Library FY 2013 budget was approved at the Annual Town Meeting (ATM) on May 15, 2012 This budget includes no reduction in staffing, hours or services to the public. The Summer Reading Programs and other activities will continue as they have been in prior years. Thank you the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee and the residents for supporting the Southwick Public Library. This website will continue at no cost to the Town and no town staff involved with its operation.
(February 4, 2012) The Library Director and members of the Library Board of Trustees met with the Board of Selectmen and the Southwick Finance Committee (FinCom) in February to explain the Library budget request for next year (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013). The budget will be submitted to Southwick voters at the Annual Town Meeting in May 2012 for approval.
Currently (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012) the Library budget meets the minimum state standards for municipal funding of public libraries. This is a requirement which must be met annually.
During the month of May 2010 there have been several articles and editorials in the Republican (the Springfield daily newspaper) as well as in the Boston Globe on the importance of State support for libraries across Mass. Additionally radio stations including WAMC have run stories on the impact of libraries on the public and the need for adequate funding.
The February 17, 2010 issue of the Boston Globe reported on potential impacts on the branches of the Boston Public Library as a result of projected cuts in State Aid to Libraries. (April 2010) It is expected that the six regional libraries systems in Mass. will be merged into one library system in eastern Mass. effective on July 1, 2010. State Aid to local libraries is expected to be cut some 29 percent for the new fiscal year (beginning July 1, 2010) in line with the cut made earlier this year.
The July 28, 2009 Mad Science program the Library conducted at the Southwick Town Hall auditorium was featured in a July 29, 2009 front page picture in the Westfield Evening News.
On June 11, 2009 the NBC Television Network program the "TODAYShow" had a short 4 minute segment on public libraries and how in a recession they are serving more customers/patrons with resume writing workshops, Internet use, etc. and at the same time dealing with limited budgets. If you would like to view this segment click here
Local Budget Impacts in Southwick : The following information is subject to change depending on the amounts approved at the Annual Town Meeting on May 18, 2010.
It is expected that the budget for books, subscriptions, and other materials in the Library will be cut 10 percent effective July 1 in addition to the 6.9 percent cut in place during the current fiscal year. The Library is expected to have a little more money for additional staff hours during the new year.
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