UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: RTM to write Pequot Library’s fate

Thursday, April 18, 2013

RTM to write Pequot Library’s fate

Martha Lord, executive director at the Pequot Library, is going into Monday’s RTM meaning with as much optimism as she can muster. She may need it.
“I’ve been talking to everyone. Everybody says they are in favor of a library, but the budget,” said Lord, leaving the last part unsaid as she sat in the lower level of the Pequot Library. Shelves throughout the room, cordoned off behind a locked entryway, house some of the library’s unique collection.
Monday, April 22, is the last chance the library, patrons and supporters have to recover the $350,000 grant from the town of Fairfield removed from the budget by the Board of Finance.
The Pequot Library is a nonprofit organization, distinct unto itself in Fairfield. An endowment helps fund it, but does not cover the entirety of operating costs. According to Lord, only about 25% of the funding to keep the Pequot Library open comes from the endowment. The town’s contribution is one-third of the library’s budget.
“I made it very clear at the Board of Finance when they voted that this was a vote to close the library,” Lord said. READ MORE:

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