If you’re a Lower Saucon Township resident who has been unable to borrow books and other materials from the Hellertown Area Library over the last couple weeks, an announcement made by the library Monday likely made your day.
Hellertown Area Library officials have announced their decision to end library services for Lower Saucon Township residents effective Jan. 1, 2023. They have approval from the state Office of Commonwealth Libraries to do that–but township officials are crying foul.
Community funding issues the Hellertown Area Library has faced since the start of this year are being addressed with help from a state official.
Jayne Shinko says the Hellertown Area Library should “plan a future without Lower Saucon,” and that Borough Council should also demand an audit and reimbursement of borough funds that have been used to subsidize library services for township residents in recent months.
A meeting about “issues pertaining to the Hellertown Area Library” was held last week, Mayor David Heintzelman revealed in a letter about it which he read at Monday night’s Hellertown Borough Council meeting and shared on the borough’s Facebook page.
After failing to get a proposal for a short-term library services agreement on Lower Saucon Township Council’s March 16 meeting agenda on short notice, the Hellertown Area Library board of trustees recently voted to repeat the offer–and extend the deadline attached to it–by requesting that it be discussed by council at their meeting on April 20.
If you love the Hellertown Area Library and are looking for a way to help support it, there’s now a service opportunity available that only requires the gift of your time.
The Friends of the Hellertown Area Library recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise some of the $10,000 that is needed to match grant funding recently obtained for the project.
Local history buffs will want to mark their calendars for some nostalgic fun and experience a smooth ride down Main Street (Rt. 412) in Hellertown with local historian Daniel Ruth as the tour guide.
The Hellertown Area Library is currently seeking proposals (due by March 1, 2016) from artists willing to design and create a mural or a series of murals in the newly-renovated library.