Thursday, August 8, 2019
The Hubbard Free Library announced today it will close the library on Fridays beginning September 6, 2019, as part of efforts to reducing the operating deficit of about $18,000 it projects through June 20, 2020.
In order to balance the budget, the Hubbard will have to increase revenues substantially and carefully monitor expenses. As the year progresses, the Hubbard may need to consider additional cost saving measures including fewer staff, fewer open hours, a reduction in programs, fewer books, and other changes.
The Friday closure means the Hubbard will be available 3.5 fewer hours each week. The Trustees chose Friday because it is the least active day in the Hubbard’s weekly schedule.
This change will produce a modest reduction in the projected deficit and is an important first step in addressing the larger problem of insufficient revenues.
The library will continue to be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The success of the Hubbard’s 2019/2020 fundraising efforts will be an important factor in deciding whether additional changes in operations will be necessary to close the budget gap.
Donations from individuals, families, businesses, and the City are critical to keeping the Hubbard open and financially healthy. Send cash, write a check, make a one time or recurring donation online at www.hubbardfree.org and click on “Donate”.
The Trustees regret having to take this step and will do everything possible to mitigate the impact on patrons, the wonderful, dedicated and hardworking staff at the Hubbard, and the community.
President, Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees: Berkeley Almand-Hunter, Elaine Apostola, Judith Feinstein, Caleb Gannon, Mary Kane, James McKenna, Larry Morrissette, Eric Perry, Dan Shagoury, Earle Shettleworth, Ken Young, Jr.