The Southern Lehigh Public Library (SLPL) Board of Directors met Tuesday to reorganize and to discuss questions involving Lower Saucon Township that one board member said have dominated the majority of their meetings for the better part of a year.
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.
Lower Saucon Township resident Kimberly Humberd says council needs to explain what its plan is for providing library services to residents, now that they no longer have access to the Hellertown Area Library.
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.
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.
At its most recent meeting, the Southern Lehigh Public Library Board of Directors instructed its Solicitor to advise Lower Saucon Township officials that the Board is “on hold” with any activity as it relates to their joining SLPL’s service area until they meet “two basic requirements.”
The Southern Lehigh Public Library Board of Directors voted recently to accept a $50,000 donation from Lower Saucon Township, library officials said Wednesday.
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.
In spite of Lower Saucon Township Council’s decision last month to reject a new agreement with the Hellertown Area Library, there is still hope for the issues related to that decision to be resolved, according to a letter from township officials to residents.