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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

At loggerheads over the library


Members of the state Board of Library Commissioners are scheduled to visit Medway tomorrow to meet with town and library officials to discuss whether the town's library should be decertified.

Town officials and the Medway Library Trustees have been at loggerheads over the library's budget since last spring, when it was slashed as the town's severe town financial condition became clear.

Trustees chairwoman Wendy Rowe told a special Town Meeting last month that if the library doesn't gain enough funding from the town to stay open more than 30 hours a week it will lose certification and residents will be barred from borrowing materials from other towns.

Town Meeting defeated the library trustees' bid for more money but during the proceedings selectmen promised to make a strong case to the state library officials for a waiver that will allow Medway to retain its library certification temporarily until town finances are straightened out.

Selectman Richard Dunne said town officials will "implore them [the library commissioners] for a waiver for the next year at the library."

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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