Friends of the Library President Maggie Serpico Releases Statement on Proposed Budget Cuts

 

 

 

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Contact:
Maggie Serpico
President
Friends of Piscataway Public Library

The Friends of the Piscataway Library were alarmed to learn about the library budget reductions laid out by the Mayor and Township Administrator. Three years of successive budget reductions, to a total of approximately $351,000, will have a major negative impact on Library services to the Piscataway community.

We, the Friends of the Library, are proud of our role in supporting the Piscataway Public Library, and many of the services included in the recently published Impact Report. Based on this report and our own experience we firmly believe the Piscataway Public Library provides critical services in our community and should be supported as such.

We believe the Piscataway Public Library provides our culturally and economically diverse community with services only available free of charge at our library. We have been moved by the success stories told by graduates of the English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes. We have heard from parents about how they value the Library’s early literacy and STEM programs, and Homework Club. We know our community’s job seekers and small business members rely on computer classes, access to public computers, high speed Internet and wifi access, business databases and our dedicated and highly respected information librarians.

We look forward to having a discussion with the Mayor and Township Council regarding these severe budget cuts which threaten the future of our Piscataway Public Library and the quality of life in our community.