MONROE TOWNSHIP — The township board of supervisors on Thursday voted unanimously to provide the Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg with an additional $1,000.
The township had already budgeted a donation of $1,000 for the library earlier this year.
Phil Kehoe, president of the board of supervisors, said he had received a letter from the library requesting donations, stating that library had seen a decrease in other funding sources.
Kehoe also said that membership and patronage for the library by Monroe Township residents had gone up in recent years.
“They have something going on every week for everyone,” supervisor Samuel Simmons said.
Simmons sang the library’s praises, saying it provided a great service to all of the residents of Cumberland County. Simmons lauded the library for having computers that the public can use.
He said this is especially helpful for unemployed individuals who can’t afford a computer to search and apply for jobs. He also said the library provides a great service to help teach young children to read, something he said was paramount to a child’s success in life.
Monroe Township has provided the library with $3,000 each year in previous years, but recently, that has had dropped to $1,000. The board will reevaluate raising the yearly donation back up to $3,000 when it creates a budget for 2015.
“Once you start cutting back and losing staff, it all falls apart,” Simmons said, explaining he hoped the township would try to do everything it could to help support the library.
Simmons’ sentiments were echoed by the other board members.
The board of supervisors meet again at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Monroe Township Municipal Building.