UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: TOWN OF FAIRFIELD CUTS FUNDING TO BELOVED, ICONIC, COMMUNITY CENTRIC,HISTORIC TREASURE – PEQUOT LIBRARY

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TOWN OF FAIRFIELD CUTS FUNDING TO BELOVED, ICONIC, COMMUNITY CENTRIC,HISTORIC TREASURE – PEQUOT LIBRARY


April 5, 2013
 
Southport, CT – Fairfield budget cuts might close Pequot Library. Pequot Library serves the whole town. It is open to the public, providing circulation/lending library services, serving all of Fairfield. It isa 125-year-old treasure housed in an architectural and historically significant building. While it is in Southport, CT, Southport residents represent less than 50% of the users of Pequot Library. Last year alone 28,000 people attended cultural and educational programs at Pequot Library. For generations Pequot Library has saved nationally-regarded Special Collections dating back to Columbus’s first letter to the King and Queen of Spain.

William P. Russell, Jr. said, “As long as anyone can remember the town has provided approximately 1/3 of the operating budget.” Pequot Library is non-profit, and it’s more than a library. Martha Lord, Executive Director says, “We simply cannot fill a hole of 1/3 of the budget. No amounts of further cuts we can take will do that. We have cut staff positions, eliminating one full time employee completely, and reducing a full time staff member to part-time. Out of 12 staff members, only five of them are full time employees, everyone else is part-time because we don’t have the money to make their vital positions full time. Building repairs are on hold, staff’s hours are capped, and we simply cannot see where else we can cut, and still serve the public.”

Go to the link below to contact your RTM members, askingthem to restore funding to
Pequot Library.


Elizabeth Patterson, Director of Development says, “If you love Pequot Library and live in another town, you can still act! Contact the officials below.”




Front Desk Manager, Victoria Konopka says, “We are a neighborhood library in the heart of Fairfield and the village of Southport. We serve all of Fairfield, but we also pride ourselves on providing library services to Westport, Easton, Bridgeport, Weston, and beyond. Our Children’sand Adults’ programs aren’t duplicated anywhere else. For some of our programs we have families and adults coming from Port Chester to New Haven. This not only educates and enriches our community; it brings revenue dollars into Fairfield.”

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this open-to-the-public small, unique, community library.
For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15.
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