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Timberland Library Board considers cut-backs due to deficits,
Yelm’s e-Library elimination is in 2020 Strategic Plan conversation.

Yelm Timberland Regional Library
Photo credit: Yelm Community Blog

– Editor’s Note:
* TRL to accept public input on facilities plan cut-back proposals,
* On Sept. 4, Mayor Foster said TRL talking with Yelm about old city hall,
* Unknown if TRL’s Board will have any interest now.
* Councilor Stillwell asked for council & TRL to meet, yet received no answer from Foster.
* Stllwell’s request for a TRL staff/Yelm councilors meeting is now imperative.

– “Sweeping changes — including library closures — proposed in Timberland facilities plan”
“Timberland Regional Library system released a 2018 Capital Facilities Plan this week that proposes sweeping changes to the five-county system, including closing and consolidating some branches.

“Board members will take their time digesting the report before taking any action, said TRL communications manager Jeff Kleingartner.”

“Among those proposals are that the Tenino branch would close down and combine services with the Tumwater location. Some services at the e-Library in Yelm would be discontinued as well.”

“‘Over the past few years, TRL has reached the point where revenues are not keeping up with expenditures,’ the plan reads. ‘If we were to make no changes, TRL anticipates a deficit approximating $700,000 for 2019 and 2020,'” by Logan Stanley, The Olympian.
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Blogger Klein is a former member and chair of the Yelm Library Citizens Advisory Board.

– UPDATE: October 2, 2018
Yelm Councilor Molly Carmody reported the ofllowing on her Facebook page
“[At the study session tonight] Tad Stillwell expressed his dismay that we haven’t decided what to do with the future ex-City Hall building yet. He suggested that we move the library from the condo that we own (its current location) to the City Hall building, sell the condo back to the building owner, and save that much more money on condo fees that we pay. We’ve heard from Boys and Girls Club, and the Veterans folks, but we haven’t actually heard from the library folks. We decided to fast track that discussion to November’s study session. We also asked that the City provide us with the contract that we have with the library, so that we may review it.”

– UPDATE: October 3, 2018
“Timberland Library committee will recommend that capital facilities plan be rejected”
By Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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– UPDATE: October 10, 2018
“Timberland Regional Library board votes to hit pause on branch-closing capital facilities proposal”
By Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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