Lowell library renews its consolidation fight

Patrons encouraged to contact state legislators
2009-01-25T00:00:00Z Lowell library renews its consolidation fightMELANIE CSEPIGA
Times Correspondent
nwitimes.com
January 25, 2009 12:00 am  • 

LOWELL | With state legislators reviewing library consolidation, it especially is important for local patrons interested in preserving an independent library to express their feelings to their representatives, officials said.

Lowell Public Library's Web site, www.lowellpl.lib.in.us, urges patrons to take action by offering the contact information for state Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake; state Rep. Don Lehe, R-Brookston; state Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point; and Gov. Mitch Daniels.

"We want our patrons to be aware that this (possibility) is alive," Lowell Library Director Sandra Morgan said of the proposed consolidation of countywide library districts. She said the Lowell Library Board's opposition began building more than a year ago, so it's easy for patrons to forget the issue still is on the table.

Morgan recently received the Library Board's approval to host legislators during the annual Legislative Day late next month.

"It is my hope to use the time to help them understand our points of view," Morgan said.

"One size does not fit all, certainly not in Lake County," Morgan said. "The coalition has been working diligently to put together something other than that. ... They've put out five different options that can work."

The coalition consists of representatives from library districts across the state that are studying the consolidation issue.

"It's critical to all work together," Morgan said. "We want to be able to maintain our independence and still work within the region."

The Lowell Library Board and patrons are concerned that the Lowell Public Library branches in Shelby and Schneider would be at risk if there were a countywide consolidation.

There are seven library districts in Lake County.

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