Support BML with your emailed public comments!
Dear Friends and Patrons of the Bill Memorial Library,
We want to let you know that the Town of Groton has decided to go ahead with their budget hearings while avoiding people congregating. This means that the public comment is closed to the public attending in person.
Groton Public Hearing for FYE2021 Proposed Budget is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 PM. Here is how you can participate:
Last year there was an impressive show of people speaking in favor of all the Groton Libraries, and this show of support made a big difference. This year, that support must come in written form to the Town Council. Please be sure to include:
Your name and address
Name of the meeting - Proposed Budget Public Hearing on 3/26
The item – Bill Memorial Library funding
Share your story about why our Library is important to you and your family (and the community!), and your support of this funding request.
Via email (**preferred method**): Council@Groton-ct.gov
Regular mail: Groton Town Council
c/o Town Manager's Office
45 Fort Hill Rd.
Groton, CT 06340
This year we are seeking $30,000. The Town Manager's Proposed amount is $25,000 which is the same amount we received this fiscal year. While we are very grateful for this (last year’s proposed budget included a 25% cut in funding for BML), we are facing steep increases in our payroll with the Governor’s minimum wage increase. We’ve asked Town Council to help with approximately half of that increase, which is the $5,000 difference between last year’s amount and this year’s. While we have great programs and a wonderful collection of books and other materials, it comes down to hiring and keeping the right staff people to make it all happen.
The amount we’re requesting is just $0.75 for every resident of Groton. For just seventy-five cents per person, Groton gets a full-service library located in the City of Groton that works in conjunction and cooperation with the other Groton Libraries. We think that is a good investment for the people of Groton.
Thank you for your support!
In keeping with Groton Public Library and Mystic & Noank Library,
The Bill Memorial Library will be closed indefinitely starting Saturday, March 14.
Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines are available on our website by navigating to "Books & More" and then to "eBooks & Downloads."
Need a library card for downloadable materials? Groton, CT residents can click here.
Tax forms and FREE BOOKS are available in our foyer!
The Book Drop is closed. Please hold on to your Library material for now.
All materials due while we are closed have been renewed to 5/1/2020. You will not accrue fines until after that date. We will reassess that date as needed.
Items that were due before we closed will not continue to accrue fines while we are closed. Fines will begin to accrue again when we reopen.
We are not currently accepting holds.
If you received a notice that a hold was available, it will be available for pickup once we reopen.
All programs have been cancelled or postponed through April 30th, 2020.