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NEW CUTS IN HOURS, SERVICES AND STAFFING... THE STATE BUDGET IMPASSE HURTS THE LIBRARY

All adult programs and events are suspended as of December 7, 2015 until further notice. Please speak with the library staff if you have any questions.

As a result of the ongoing state budget impasse, the Pocono Mountain Public Library will have to reduce hours of operation, services, and, furlough some staff. We have to make cuts now to make our 2015 budget stretch into 2016. We need to keep our utilities running and a minimal staff to serve our patrons. This is all because we will not receive our normal State Aid in January 2016. Unless the State passes the budget by the end of December 2015, we'll be forced to make further cuts in February. This is a real disaster for the Library that is out of our control.

The library will strive to maintain essential services to our patrons as best as possible during these difficult times. Please see below for the new hours of operation and list of reduced services. You can also contact the library, or your state officials if you would like to express any opinions about the effect of the state budget impasse on the library and our ability to serve you.

AS OF MONDAY DECEMBER 7, PMPL WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING HOURS OF OPERATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
Monday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

THE FOLLOWING CUTS IN SERVICES AND PROGRAMS WILL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY: All programs, including children's story hours, computer classes, arts programs, book club; Interlibrary Loan (ILL); purchasing and processing of new materials

Our State Officials:
Gov. Tom Wolf: 717-787-2500 (Harrisburg) or 570-614-2090 (Scranton)
State officials from Coolbaugh Twp: Rep. David Parker (115): 570-894-7905 and Sen. John Blake (22): 570-207-2881
State officials from Mount Pocono: Rep. Jack Rader Jr. (176): 570-643-7683 and Sen. Mario Scavello (40): 570-620-4326

Pocono Mountain Public Library
5500 Municipal Drive
Coolbaugh Township Municipal Center
Tobyhanna, PA 18466
(phone) 570-894-8860
(fax) 570-894-8852

Pocono Mountain Public Library is a 501(c)3 corporation and is supported by state and local tax money, as well as generous contributions from patrons of the library.

Website created and maintained by Ann C. Shincovich, 2005.

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