The Shrewsbury library is more than books. There are many programs that are given throughout the year and they address interests of all residents; parents, students, seniors and new residents with English as a second language.
The main issue that was brought forth at the March 8 Selectmen meeting was to reduce the budget. The impact is with the reduction of library hours, from 54 to between 40 and 45 hours, the library would lose its certification by the state. As stated in the article (March 12, 2010, “Selectmen hear about impact of budget cuts on library”) the loss of certification by the state will have consequences that would be felt for a long time.
The schools have always been given top priority, the library should be treated in the same way, the library, aside from providing other services, is another education facility. What a great value for the students of the town, to do their work, other sources of material for projects and papers, freewheel their imagination-no right or wrong-pure pleasure to open new horizons, benefits for a lifetime.
All residents will share the loss of a reduction in hours, the biggest losers will be youth of our town.