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Separate and independent public library proposition is on the May 15 ballot

| May 14, 2018

On May 15, voters will also decide on a proposition to increase the library tax by 2.1 percent.

If the proposition is approved, the Village Library of Cooperstown is planning to raise an additional $2,850 over last year, while the Kinney Memorial Library appropriation is projected to increase by $1,000. Together, the total proposed library tax is $187,950.

The two libraries are independent entities from Cooperstown Central School District. The libraries cooperate to seek funding on the school ballot, as recommended by the New York State Education Department.

Since the library tax was introduced in 2014, library officials have said they have seen a flourishing relationship between the school libraries and the public libraries.

Most recently, elementary school children participated in “Pick a Reading Partner” month. Among the popular PARP events were “Family Reading Night,” held at both libraries, where students could read with guest reading partners, register for a library card and learn how to sign out e-books. Students from the M/HS Battle of the Books team also gain fundraising and volunteer experience helping with the Friends of the Village Library Book Sale.

Preschool storytimes at the libraries provide fun and educational activities for the community’s youngest members, serving a common goal of improving early literacy rates.

For more information about the school budget vote, please see our budget page.

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