By now, I feel like a broken record. Yet, if something is worth saying, it bears repeating. Please support the Montclair Public Library. It is one of the most important institutions in our lovely town and it needs Montclair’s support.

In that regard, I listened with interest to the May 18, 2021 Township council meeting. On the agenda was, among other things, approval of the amended budget to include an additional $100,000 for the library, beyond the amount from the original budget presentation. Despite cries from the community, no one from the library was invited to make a presentation to the entire council and the public, either at the May 18 meeting or any other meeting, concerning the 2021 budget and the need for additional funds from the CARES Act. Instead, the council invited the Montclair Farmers Market Board of Trustees. While it certainly was informative, and the farmers market provides an enormous service to the community, the library is supported by the town, and our taxes to a greater extent. We should, therefore, have an opportunity to hear about it as well.

Please show your support for the library and come to the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s summer kickoff event on Saturday, June 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, June 27. Admission is free. It will be family friendly. Come and show your support, and most importantly, have fun.

Irena Goldstein
Chair, Montclair Public Library Foundation



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