As Wilton approaches its annual town meeting, I am concerned that the library’s funding is not supported by town officials.

Members of the Wilton Free Public Library’s Board of Directors planned to speak in support of the library at the town’s Finance Committee meeting, but the meeting was rescheduled (with little notice) from April 4 to March 29 and town officials forgot to notify anyone at the library of the change, so no one from the library was given a chance.

The town has a website and a Facebook page — why didn’t anyone make a quick note there about the rescheduling?

The library’s board is troubled to have not been fairly represented.

The Wilton Free Public Library is a downtown anchor and an economic development engine for the area. The library offers free computer access, children’s programs, book discussions, genealogical reference, craft nights, deliveries to the home-bound, guest speakers, homeschooler projects and art shows.

In tough economic times, the town should support the places and services that bring people and business to the town. By under-funding the library, the town is driving away the same demographic it should be striving to attract to the community.

As a Wilton resident, parent, former teacher and impassioned member of the WFPL’s board of directors, I encourage support of the library and hope residents will vote to maintain funding for the Wilton Free Public Library at the June 10 town meeting.

A “yes” vote will make a difference in this town.

Kate Whitmore, Wilton

WFPL Association vice president


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