Arendtsville library to close by 2010

Arendtsville library to close by 2010

There are 12 comments on the Evening Sun story from Nov 19, 2009, titled Arendtsville library to close by 2010. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Because of a budget shortfall of about $243,000, the Arendtsville branch of the Adams County Library System will be closing by the end of the year.

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Shame on Our Legislators

Shippensburg, PA

#1 Nov 20, 2009
How sad that community services of all kinds--and now our libraries!--are suffering as a result of this year's budget debacle in Harrisburg. What do you have to say about this, Mr. Tallman and Mr. Moul?(And, Mr. Moul, your comments in last week's Gettysburg Times article blasting the Governor for playing politics were especially low. As you and the readers will recall, the subject was the monstrous surcharge being levied against South Central Community Action Programs for unemployment insurance because they had to lay off so many staff members. Those layoffs were necessary ONLY because the legislature--and our lame-duck Governor, too--ignored the needs of the public while playing the budget negotiations for high drama. So now SCCAP, already reeling at having to operate with reduced funding, is slapped with a surcharge that it cannot afford to pay. Mr. Moul, this is no time for finger-pointing, much as it may be a tempting way to polish your political image. You owe it to the people of Adams County to set that particular injustice right! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? And Mr. Tallman, you also take note. This is your responsibility too.
scott

Carlisle, PA

#2 Nov 20, 2009
This was a good decision. There is another library approximately five minutes away. There is no need for two libraries, paid for on the taxpayers dime, to be that close in proximity.
choices

Hanover, PA

#3 Nov 20, 2009
you either pay higher taxes to fund this stuff or you cut programs to budget. Good choice to cut programs, if i want a damn book ill buy it or go to a bigger library...good move!
MtP2

Mount Laurel, NJ

#4 Nov 20, 2009
scott wrote:
This was a good decision. There is another library approximately five minutes away. There is no need for two libraries, paid for on the taxpayers dime, to be that close in proximity.
You're absolutely right. I hate to see cuts in library funding, but this should have happened whether there was a budget crisis or not. It doesn't make the library any less accessible and could have saved money in the past.
Shame on Our Legislators

Shippensburg, PA

#5 Nov 20, 2009
MtP2 wrote:
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You're absolutely right. I hate to see cuts in library funding, but this should have happened whether there was a budget crisis or not. It doesn't make the library any less accessible and could have saved money in the past.
A quote from the article: "Arendtsville's seniors and children would be most affected by the library shutting down,[Mayor William Hanne} said." Won't the library system's services now be less accessible to those people?
ranga

York, PA

#6 Nov 21, 2009
they should have kept it open
scott

Seymour, IN

#7 Nov 21, 2009
Shame on Our Legislators wrote:
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A quote from the article: "Arendtsville's seniors and children would be most affected by the library shutting down,[Mayor William Hanne} said." Won't the library system's services now be less accessible to those people?
If these people can live in a town that does not have a grocery store or other social services, I bet they can survive without a library.
Shame on Our Legislators

Shippensburg, PA

#8 Nov 22, 2009
scott wrote:
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If these people can live in a town that does not have a grocery store or other social services, I bet they can survive without a library.
You are right; libraries are not necessities of life, as food, shelter and clothing are. They are enhancements to life. The library board probably had no other practical choice for dealing with the funding shortfall. It is just unfortunate that this has happened to a community like Arendstville, where the last census reported more than 10% of the population living below the poverty line and 15% of the population over age 65. I am not in favor of taking anything away from people who already have less than those of us who have our jobs, and cars, and can--like the poster who wrote several messages ago--drive to another library and even buy our own books when we want to. And I have a deep philosophical problem with taking books away from children. And as Arendtsville's mayor pointed out, the children and seniors of the community are the main users of the library. But back to the necessities of life, for a moment. Those are the needs that SCCAP--South Central Community Access Programs--helps to supplement for the people in Adams County who are in the greatest need. And that is why I say Mr. Moul's obligation right now is to ask his colleagues in the Legislature to waive the unemployment compensation surcharge that has been levied against SCCAP. And Mr. Tallman must join him in this. My reason for charging Mr. Moul with this task is that he is the one who chose to use the newspaper's reporting on the SCCAP story as a forum for making a self-serving political statement. The staff layoffs that SCCAP is being penalized for would not have been necessary but for the Legislature's delay in passing the budget. If Mr. Moul and Mr. Tallman do not see the need to right this wrong as a priority, then, IMHO, they have a skewed and faulty view of their responsibility to the people they serve.
MtP2

Mount Laurel, NJ

#9 Nov 23, 2009
Shame on Our Legislators wrote:
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A quote from the article: "Arendtsville's seniors and children would be most affected by the library shutting down,[Mayor William Hanne} said." Won't the library system's services now be less accessible to those people?
I doubt many people walk to the library. I agree, it is less accessible for seniors and children, but this isn't an insurmountable obstacle. I grew up in the Hanover library - my parents were more than happy to take me there even though we were out of walking distance. The bookmobile is still available as well. I think they're (libraries) a great benefit to our community - However, overhead shouldn't get in the way of the library's ability to provide books to local residents. Arendtsville deserves a library no more than Abbottstown or McSherrystown or Bonneauville does.
Apple Picker

Chambersburg, PA

#10 Nov 26, 2009
scott wrote:
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If these people can live in a town that does not have a grocery store or other social services, I bet they can survive without a library.
Go have a Yingling
Apple Picker

Chambersburg, PA

#11 Nov 26, 2009
MtP2 wrote:
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I doubt many people walk to the library. I agree, it is less accessible for seniors and children, but this isn't an insurmountable obstacle. I grew up in the Hanover library - my parents were more than happy to take me there even though we were out of walking distance. The bookmobile is still available as well. I think they're (libraries) a great benefit to our community - However, overhead shouldn't get in the way of the library's ability to provide books to local residents. Arendtsville deserves a library no more than Abbottstown or McSherrystown or Bonneauville does.
The difference is Arendtsville already had a library. The town paid for most of the bills anyway. This was just an easy out for the ACLS .
scott

Seymour, IN

#12 Nov 27, 2009
Apple Picker wrote:
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Go have a Yingling
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