Elimination of Pequot Library funding ‘misguided’

To the Editor:

I believe it was misguided for the Board of Finance to eliminate the $350,000 grant to the Pequot Library, especially at the midnight hour in the library’s budget year.

When I served as a Fairfield selectman and state representative, I always considered the Pequot Library to be an integral part of Fairfield’s library system. Each of our three libraries provides regional access to library resources. And book and video resources are shared among all three of our libraries.

During the last year, I have served as a volunteer at the Main Library, delivering books to elderly at-home residents. And, I am constantly using the library for its amazing book and video resources and informative seminar programs. Often, the books and videos I retrieve from the Main Library are transferred from Pequot because of availability. I have also attended seminars at both the Main Library and at Pequot. I am so impressed with the quality of our library system’s staff and dedicated volunteers. We are, indeed, fortunate to have such a high-caliber library staff.

It has been a great dismay to me that Fairfield’s outstanding library system seems to be on the chopping block each year at budget time. Cutting back library hours and resources will come back to bite the town. Do current government leaders not realize that Fairfield’s outstanding reputation — which fuels the continued attractiveness of the town and its long-term economic viability — was built, in part, on the backs of our exemplary cultural and educational system and resources.

The town’s financial investment in support of about one-third of the Pequot Library budget is multiplied in its benefits to Fairfield’s townspeople. I trust that the members of the RTM will realize that cutting Pequot’s allocation is — as my wise mother used to say — “penny wise and pound foolish.”

I also wholeheartedly support adequate funding for the other two integral parts of our library system — the Main Library and the Fairfield Woods Branch Library.

 

Christine M. Niedermeier

Fairfield attorney

Former Fairfield selectman

Former state representative

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