Saturday, March 19, 2011

Message to Library Community of Florida from a concerned Librarian...

The Lake Worth Public Library needs your support. The Lake Worth City Manager is proposing drastic cuts to the Lake Worth Public Library and will be meeting with the City Commission this Monday (3/21) at 5pm to discuss, and possibly implement, these cuts. The City Manager is suggesting that the library staff needs to be cut from 7 full time employees to 1 full time employee and adding an additional 2 part time employees. She intends to run the library with 1 full time staff member and 4 part time employees. She is also proposing to cut the hours the library is open from 40 hours a week to 30 hours a week. The City Manager believes that this minimal staff can maintain the library with the additional help of volunteers. This proposal comes in the middle of a budget year that has already been approved by the City Commission. I encourage those of you who value libraries to contact the Mayor, City Commission, and City Manager of Lake Worth, to show your support for the Lake Worth Public Library. Their contact information can be found below.

Mayor – Rene Varela - / Phone: 561-586-1730

City Commission:
Suzanne Mulvehill, Vice-Mayor – / Phone: 561-586-1734
Jo-Ann Golden – / Phone: 561-586-1730
Scott Maxwell – / Phone: 561-586-1730
Christopher McVoy – / Phone: 561-586-1730

City Manager – Susan Stanton – / Phone561-586-1630

Lake Worth City Hall is located at 7 North Dixie Highway, near downtown Lake Worth. Public Comments are allowed at the meeting on Monday.