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Board of supervisors increase county contribution to Northumberland Public Library

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

library signIn April, at least two dozen Northumberland County Public Library supporters appeared at a Board of Supervisors meeting to urge the Supervisors to provide more county fundimg to the library than they have in the past.

The Library’s board of directors chairman, Micki Pugh, advised the Supervisors that unless the county raised its contribution to the library from $110,000 to $138,000, the state would not send the $45,000 the library would otherwise get.  Pugh said that if the library didn’t get the state money, it would have to close. The supervisors on Thursday, while not giving other entities all they requested for 2014-2015, gave the Library the increased appropriation it need to get the state money.

“It’s a real vote of confidence in the library,” Library Executive Director Alice Cooper said Friday. “They recognize the community’s support and use of the library.”

“It’s wonderful,” Ellen Kirby, president of Northumberland’s Friends of the Library, said. The library was fast to thank County Administrator Kenny Eades and the Supervisors. It put a message of thanks on the Library’s billboard that faces Route 360. “Thank you Kenny and Bd of Supervisors!”

The additional funding was necessitated by the state’s calculation about how much the county should spend per capita on the library The additional $28,000 was the minimum needed to retain state funding under the state’s calculation.