Each library has limited funds, therefore limited resources in these times. Yet if the resources are pooled with other libraries in a consortium, then every community benefits.
The Prospector program brings 26 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming under the net of cooperation with each other, creating for each community involved, a volume of possibilities for everyone.
To delete this program in the name of budget cuts would bring research projects, extended reading/learning resources and efforts to a halt.
The free vital music and film programs, I understand, would be included in this cut, diminishing cultural opportunities for those who enjoy them. Schools already have minimized music and arts programs. I don’t want to minimize the whole communities’ access to creative and educational materials.
The Boulder Library, like most other libraries, has a limited budget for purchasing. With access to Prospector, any patron can dip into the larger pool of resources that Prospector provides in its interlibrary loan program amongst these 26 other libraries, and no purchases are necessary.
In a time of economic downturn, the library becomes an even greater resource for the community. I want the City Council to take Prospector and the small amount of cultural events that the Boulder Library presently offers, off the eliminate list, and find another way to cut the budget.
Please let the City Council know your thoughts about this.