How does my vote on May 8 affect Library services in Douglas?
Douglas voters will be asked to vote on a tax override at the May 7 annual town meeting and on the May 8 election ballot. If the override passes, the Library and other town services will continue operating normally. If the override vote fails, the Simon Fairfield Public Library will be defunded on June 30, discontinuing all library services in our town.
Stable library funding for 5+ years
Library closed by the 4th of July
Yes: The library will continue affecting the lives of its 2,494 active patrons and the 113 people who visit each day it is open, providing vitality to downtown Douglas.
No: The library building will close. There will be no visitors or patrons.
Yes: The Library's collections of books, videos, ebooks, and more will continue to grow and be freely accessible.
No: Without curators or a catalog, the collection will become inert and begin to deteriorate.
Yes: Douglas taxpayers will continue to enjoy free and open access to the holdings of every certified public library in Massachusetts.
No: Douglas taxpayers will not be able to borrow library materials from any neighboring libraries.
Yes: The Library will continue to host approximately 275 programs for children, 50 programs for teens, and 34 programs for adults every year. These include book clubs, chess clubs, storytimes, LEGO clubs, summer reading programs, and more.
No: The community will lose its central hub of free community and civic engagement. Without access to the library's materials and programs, children will be more at risk of summer learning loss and will not have free access to required summer reading.
Yes: Free computers, internet access, and access to vocational testing books & resources will continue to be available for those seeking their first, best, or next jobs.
No: Job-seekers in the community will lose their easiest, closest access to resources that can lead to employment.
Yes: The Library will continue to provide free open space currently used by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Historical Society, tutors, interviewers, test-takers, community classes, and more.
No: All these groups will have to find alternative meeting spaces.
Yes: The Library's unique local history archives will continue to be curated, preserved, and made available for research.
No: Without proper curatorship, climate control, and preservation techniques, the archives will not be accessible and the documents within will degrade.
Yes: Douglas will continue to benefit from the tangible resources the Library pumps directly into the hands of taxpayers every year. In 2017, that amounted to 20,172 books, 2,017 audiobooks, 4,221 ebooks, 1,506 magazines, 8,755 movies, 295 CDs, 196 museum passes, 126 local history reference sessions, 370 academic articles, and 2,802 guest internet sessions. Over $509,000 of value provided on a $214,406 budget.
No: Douglas taxpayers will have to pay for these resources on their own or disengage from literary pursuits.