Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins says she is concerned about the misinformation going around Fairfax County regarding changes to the public library system.
Libraries have been considering changes to branches, particularly a pilot program at Reston Regional that was supposed to go into effect Sept. 1 but has been delayed until later this fall.
Many citizens have been posting on Patch about rumored cuts. Hudgins says "let's look at the facts."
Here is what she has to say:
I realize proposed changes, as reported by some, are a matter of great concern to you and our community. I also have grave concerns with the information circulating.
To begin, let’s take another look at the facts.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has not approved any changes in library services. Yes, there are ideas and possibilities being circulated but that is all.
As the Hunter Mill supervisor, I fully support public libraries as an essential service in Fairfax County and continue to emphasize that our libraries are the front door to the community. While the County has struggled in recent budgets with service reductions, I believe we have already gone too far. Please know that I am not in favor of additional limits to library services.
At their July meeting, the Library Board of Trustees wisely delayed implementation of any changes until they had additional opportunity for discussion and to have their questions addressed. The proposed changes will be on the agenda at their upcoming September meeting. In the upcoming days, I will be meeting with our Hunter Mill representative and Library Director Sam Clay to hear the details of the proposal first-hand.
If you are interested in further information on the library proposal and strategic plan, these documents are available on the County’s website;
I appreciate having the opportunity to review the facts in this matter. I am anxious to get to the bottom of this matter and will gladly follow up with you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office for further assistance.