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LEND YOUR VOICE – SAVE OUR CT LIBRARIES!

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It’s budget season, and the Governor’s proposed budget for FY18 – FY19 contains significant cuts to State Library services. The Governor has proposed:

  • Eliminate funding for borrowIT CT (Connecticard) – $781,820 in cuts each year
  • Annualize last year’s “holdbacks” across other State Library programs, including CLC, researchIT CT, and deliverIT CT – $318,886 in cuts each year
  • In addition, Governor’s House Bill no. 7051, a budget implementation bill, proposes changes to state statutes that could effectively eliminate the borrowIT CT program permanently.

Whether your library is directly affected by the borrowIT CT cuts or not, any cut to any State Library service impacts Connecticut libraries in critical ways. It is vitally important that the library community show their support for all state funded library services NOW, before we get further along in the budget process. We cannot be complacent.

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Huntington Branch Library to Receive Special Funds

The Friends of the Shelton Libraries recently received a $3,500 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation in support of the Huntington Branch Library. We are thrilled that our branch library was recognized and supported by Newman’s Own Foundation as a worthwhile community institution. If you haven’t visited in a while, please stop by.

Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $485 million to thousands of charities around the world.

Requesting items from other libraries – update

The state library delivery service has been reorganized and is now bringing requested items to your local library within a few days. Please make your requests and wait for them to arrive as before. Or for faster access, go directly to the owning library if you need the item quickly; your Shelton card is accepted in all CT public libraries. It is wise to call ahead to have the item pulled and put aside for you by the owning library. In most cases, you can then return the items at Plumb Memorial Library or the Huntington Branch.

The new statewide catalog is in the finishing stages and will allow you to search for items across the entire state.  We will keep you posted as to when it is officially up and running and ready for your requests.  If you have any questions, please see a librarian.  Thank you for your continued patience during this transition period!