Friday, March 5, 2010

12th Annual Berkshire Library Legislative Breakfast

On Friday, March 05, 2010, the 12th Annual Berkshire Library Legislative Breakfast was held at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Fifty-seven trustees, librarians, and friends from all over Berkshire County took the opportunity to express their support of libraries and their concerns about cuts in state funding for libraries. Senator Ben Downing and Representative Smitty Pignatelli confirmed the need to make our voices heard in Boston and asked for letters supporting state funding for regional library systems (7000-9401) and library technology (7000-9506). Constituent letters help them persuade their colleagues of the needs of western Massachusetts.

Speakers included: Ron Latham, Director of the Berkshire Athenaeum and Master of Ceremonies, Rob Maier, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Jan Resnick, Assistant Regional Administrator of the Western MA Regional Library System (WMRLS), Hope Bodwell, Director of the Monson Free Library representing C/W MARS, and Deborah Bruneau, Director of the Adams Free Library representing the Friends of WMRLS. Attending in addition to local supporters were Commissioner Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Commissioner Vicki Kaufman, and John Ramsay, Regional Adminstrator, WMRLS.

~Jan Resnick, Assistant Regional Administrator, WMRLS

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