To the Editor,

November 2 was a historic day for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library. For the first time, the voters in Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale all resoundingly voted in favor of increased financial support for the library. The Board of Trustees and staff would like to express their deep gratitude to all who came out in support of the library this election season, as well as to the many volunteers who worked so hard to make sure everyone knew to turn over the ballot and vote “yes” on Proposal 6. We are humbled by the margins (over 75% in favor in Hillsdale and over 63% in favor in Ancram and Copake).

It has been a tough couple of years for everyone, and we know that it may have seemed presumptuous to some for the library to ask for increased financial support at this time. But we also know that public libraries, which offer services to all members of the community, no matter their income, politics, age, etc., are particularly important community anchors and supports during such times. Your vote of confidence in your library will only make us work harder to support the communities that have supported us.

Thank you.

The Board of Trustees and Staff of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library


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