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What Does the Current Proposed Budget Reduction Mean to You and Your Library?

The current reduction proposal of $26,617 will result in the library not meeting state accreditation requirements. For clarification, a loss of state accreditation means:

  • No state aid, approximately $16,000
  • No  Interlibrary loan services available to the public (items borrowed and loaned for 2008 were approximately 14,000 items)
  • No longer eligible to apply for state grant money
  • Library patrons can use their  library card in ONLY in Pepperell


To meet state requirement levels for accreditation the library is required to:

  • Be open a minimum of 40 hours per week which must include some evenings & Saturdays (a summer exception is allowed). We are currently open 43 hours per week which may result in 37 hours per week
  • Expend $71,455 on materials (the town currently funds (FY09) only $60,215 of the amount required and state aid funds are used to supplement the shortfall, any budget cut will increase the need for state aid which will be unavailable if not accredited)
  • The library’s total budget of town appropriated money (TAM) requirement by the state must be no less than $432,329, with the current proposed cuts the library’s budget would drop to $409,924


Tentative scenarios to meet the proposed budget cut:

  • Cut in hours of operations (from 43 hours per week 37)
  • Cut in audio books, DVDs, books, music, magazines, etc.
  • Eliminate 1 or 2  part time staff positions
  • Staff reduction in hours
  • Freeze in Step Raises to non-union employee (town mandated) – affects 1 library employee
  • Wage freeze for non-union employee (town mandated) – affect 1 library employee
  • Elimination of the capital funding for PCs per town request ($1,800)
  • Extreme reduction in cleaning service for the building
  • Cancellation/reduction of some service contracts
  • Program reduction – adult, teen and children including story time and summer reading programs, art gallery shows, etc.

Did you know?

  • 65% of Pepperell residents, ages 5-98, own a Lawrence Library card
  • Each day 1,100 items are borrowed (4,800/weekly, 19,000/monthly)
  • 3.2% is the tax rate for the library, which means.35 cents of $10.81 (town tax rate) is going to the library. Thus if you take your yearly tax times .032 you will get the total yearly cost of library for your household.
  • The library offers fax service and is one of the few free WiFi hot spots


Have you ever borrowed items from another library through our catalog? Checked out a museum pass or a movie just released on DVD? Cancelled a magazine subscription because the library carries it? Enjoyed free programming for kids, teens, and adults? Attended an Art Gallery exhibit?

What is your library worth to you? Check out the Value of Library Service Calculator at Some typical trips to the library:

2 adult books, 6 children’s books, 2 DVDs = $114
3 Interlibrary Loans = $75
4 DVDs, 4 CDs, 1 hour computer usage = $67.80
1 museum pass = $30
1 adult program, 1 children’s program = $22
1 hour computer usage, 1 online article, 1 research request = $21

If the library cannot provide you with these services and materials, what would you do? Please take a few minutes and complete the town survey
     and share what the library means to you. Thank you!

On behalf of the executive board of the Friends of Lawrence Library,

Lee Ann Phoenix
Jeanne LeBlanc
Lisa Marr
Virginia Boundy
Elizabeth Faxon
Helen Nett




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