Libraries will press county for more money
ALBION – The four public libraries in Orleans County will ask the County Legislature to up the county contribution to libraries in 2015.
The four libraries currently share $10,000. They would like to see the county give $1 per resident or $42,883. That money would be shared by Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina, Hoag Library in Albion, Community Free Library in Holley and Yates Community Library in Lyndonville.
Representatives from the libraries as well as the Nioga Library System will address county legislators on Wednesday.
“We’d love to see it increased,” said Catherine Cooper, Lee-Whedon director.
Two of the libraries – Lee-Whedon and Yates Community – both completed recent remodeling projects to make the sites more appealing for the public. Hoag is in a new building that opened in July 2012 while the Holley library expanded next door in the Public Square.
The libraries all run community events, from children’s programming to initiatives for adults. Lee-Whedon runs a winter concert series that brings people out into the community.
The libraries have shelves of new books, while offering e-readers and other gadgets.
“We all do our darnedest to keep up with new technology and to make it accessible to the public,” Cooper said.
Matthew Ballard, co-director of the Cobblestone Museum, also is scheduled to address the Legislature on Wednesday afternoon. The museum doesn’t receive any regular county support, although legislators gave the museum $1,000 in county aid last December when the county tapped its contingency account to assist five organizations.