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April 11, 2013

East Derry library may be on chopping block

Taylor Library could be on chopping block

DERRY — Adam Burke was only 2 when he started going to Taylor Library.

Now, the 15-year-old hopes to save it.

Patrons, supporters and staff of the tiny library in East Derry are still reeling after hearing Town Administrator John Anderson’s recommendation that the library’s funding be eliminated.

The teenager was one of many supporters who spoke at a Town Council meeting last week, urging officials to save the library. His Eagle Scout project was installing shelves at the library.

“I wanted to give back to the little library that has helped me my whole life,” he said. “Please don’t close my library.”

Anderson deemed the library’s $176,000 budget too much for the town right now, especially given Derry Public Library can absorb Taylor’s programs and resources.

“I believe the Derry Public Library is better positioned and able to provide the library services desired by our citizens today and in the future,” he said.

Attempts to reach Derry Public Library director Cheryl Lynch this week were unsuccessful. Derry Public Library trustee Elizabeth Ives did say a lot of discussion was needed before deciding to close Taylor.

“I understand what the (town administrator) is doing,” she said. “He trying to save where he can to keep property taxes down.”

Ives said the question to be asked is what would be missed if Taylor Library closed.

“That’s a real important question everybody needs to ask,” she said.

Absorbing Taylor programs into Derry Public’s world could mean added expenses, including extra staff and technology upgrades, Ives said.

Anderson said it’s up to the Town Council to make the final call.

Taylor Library director Linda Merrill said a lot of support is coming from those who love the library and hope to see it continue. She was floored by Anderson’s decision to possibly close its doors.

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