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.
For those who don’t regularly rely on library services it may not seem like a big deal, but for residents of Lower Saucon Township who were Hellertown Area Library cardholders, the news Thursday that Southern Lehigh Public Library will continue to provide them with services and programming no doubt came as a relief.
Nearly a year after township council declined to adopt a new agreement with the Hellertown Area Library, the state’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries has approved Lower Saucon Township’s removal from the library’s service area. But that’s not where things will end, the township said in a statement released late Friday afternoon, at the start of the long New Year’s holiday weekend.
In the latest edition of the Lower Saucon Township newsletter, the township offers to reimburse residents who purchase a library card up to $40. However, many residents are apparently unsure where–or how–to join a library.