I am writing to clarify any misunderstanding that could arise from the February 8 article in the Star about council’s discussions regarding the Nelson Public Library budget, and contributions from rural residents.
Comments concerning potential contributions from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) were only made during the discussion regarding capital funds for updating the library’s computer equipment, not for ongoing operational costs as the article implies.
The suggestion was made that the library could possibly apply for some discretionary funding from RDCK directors to support these capital purchases. In the past, directors from the adjacent rural areas have very generously supported a number of library projects including the expansion project, a children’s art display and a geographic reference centre.
The memorandum of agreement that is in place with the RDCK to provide tax-based library services to Area F and Area H south has allowed the library to provide an improved level of service to all residents in the region with increased open hours, staffing and funds for collections. We value our rural communities highly and look forward to continued cooperation and collaboration.
Nelson Public Library Board