Letter to Bookmobile Patrons

PLEASE NOTE: The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System bookmobile service was discontinued at the end of 2011. Please call 563-5190 with any questions.

August 29, 2011

Dear Patrons:

It is with regret that the CEFLS Board of Trustees announces that the bookmobile will be retired from service at the end of 2011. We realize that the timing of this is especially difficult when two local book stores are closing. It’s obvious that libraries need more help than ever, and that local readers will be hurting! The System has operated one or more bookmobiles since 1956 and bookmobile service has been an integral part of our identity throughout the years. Deep and ongoing state aid based budget shortfalls are responsible for this decision, which was a hard one to make.

The fact that this decision had to be made brings home the budget realities that libraries have been facing for the past decade, during which library state aid funding has been cut six times. However, despite the fact that we have done everything we could, including not filling two staff positions and slashing our materials budget each year, we are faced with no alternative. The numbers pretty much say it all. We have lost approximately 1/5 of our funding (21.75%) since 2007 and operational costs continue to rise at a rate that we cannot keep pace with.

CEFLS staff will be working throughout the fall to manage the impact that this shift in services will have on patrons. Possible scenarios might be to distribute books to senior centers in a different way, or to explore the costs associated with a modified books by mail service.

We expect to circulate materials to you until late fall and will keep you posted via flyers, Facebook and this web page as our plans progress. If you would like to express your thoughts about bookmobile service, a page will be soon be operational on our web site (www.cefls.org). Although we have been assured that there is no additional state aid money that can come our way in time to reverse this decision, you might want to contact your state and local representatives as a resident of a region where access to books and information is taking several steps backwards. Their contact information appears below.

Thank you for your patronage and support over the years!

Please Contact your State Representatives on behalf of readers in our region!

Thank your state legislator for her past support and urge her to advocate strongly for the future of libraries in our region.

Click here for contact information for your state representative:

Please Contact your Local Representatives on behalf of readers in our region!

Thank your local legislator for his or her past support and urge him/her to advocate strongly for the future of libraries in our region.

Click here for information on how to contact the Essex County Board of Supervisors
Click here for information on how to contact the Clinton County Legislators
Click here if information on how to contact the Franklin County Legislators

Books and more right to your door (almost!) The bookmobile is your library on wheels. We regularly stock over 2,500 fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, large print books, and magazines for all ages. If you don’t see what you want on the shelf, ask for it! We offer full inter-library loan service from libraries throughout the region. 

Contact us at the email address bookmobile@cefls.org (checked once daily) or if you need help more quickly during the hours of 8am to 4pm M-F please call 563-5190.

Click HERE to see where the bookmobile will be stopping



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