I have often written about library goings-on over the last couple of years and have posted mostly over at Middletown Mike’s blog (www.MiddletownMike.com). Going forward, I will do a better job of posting here.
While many residents know about last year’s well-publicized transfer of $500,000 of Library funds to the Township, what occurred this year is less well known. The Township’s overcharge to the Library for Township-provided services in 2012 resulted in the unjustified seizure of several hundred thousand dollars more, wiping out all library reserves and digging into the materials budget.
If you would like to see the Township’s June 7, 2012 chargeback letter and analysis for yourself, here it is: http://ia601209.us.archive.org/25/items/MiddletownTownshipChargebackLetter6712/DOC062112.pdf
I will get into the details about what is wrong with the analysis in a future post, along with information about the changes in the Library Board’s make-up this year that guaranteed that the overcharge would be rubber-stamped by the Board. For some insight, see my comment to the following post on Middletown Mike: http://www.middletownmike.blogspot.com/2012/10/destruction-of-library-board-is-reason.html
For now, I just want to let you know about the Library Board meeting tonight [Nov. 14], so am passing along the below summary composed by a concerned Lincroft resident.
If you love the Middletown Library, this is the time to show it!
Please consider attending the Middletown Library Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, November 14th at 7 p.m. in the main library meeting room (55 New Monmouth Road). The Board is working on its 2013 Budget, and as indicated by a message from Library Director Susan O'Neal on the Middletown Library website, http://www.mtpl.org, the future of our library is at stake.
Due to the decrease in funding for the Middletown Library system, the Board will be considering cuts to services and staff. Additionally, a drastic measure such as closing the Lincroft, Bayshore, and/or Navesink branches may be decided upon at this time. Considering the negative impact these potential cuts will have on our children, ourselves, and our community, the PTA encourages parents to attend this meeting and speak out on this matter. Of particular concern is our reliance on the Lincroft branch with the encroachment of space in Lincroft School as enrollment increases.
For those unable to attend the meeting, if you send Director Susan O'Neal (firstname.lastname@example.org) a signed email with your comments, she will present your comments to the Directors.
Thank you for your concern.