The Springfield City Council recently decided that it won’t ask voters to help fund a new library… yet.
The library is on the 2nd floor of the city’s municipal building. It’s hard to find and not always accessible. It also lacks the technology needed in a modern facility. Library Director Emily David says there’s not enough space for meetings and programs.
“Our programming numbers increased by about 500 percent.” David says, “So we just have a lot more people coming to the library for programs for all ages. We do programs for people zero through 110-years old.”
The city surveyed voters and found just about 38 percent in favor of approving a bond for a new library building. David says the council decided to table a bond at least for now. Meanwhile, they’re trying educate the public about the need for a new building.