was founded in 1910, serving as a place where community members gather to get
library materials, go to kids’ story time, and participate in many great
programs, all free to the public. In times of need, the library acts as an
essential resource. During the Thomas Fire, it was an information hub on the
evacuation and, in the wake of the debris flow, a gathering place for our
budget has grown rapidly in the last few years and funding has not kept pace. Most
of the library’s funding comes from the county and the nonprofit Friends of the
Montecito Library. As president of the Friends, I want to express my gratitude
for all that 1st District Supervisor Das Williams has done for
the county‘s library system, along with the other four members of the Board of
Supervisors, to provide additional funding for our library. The Friends had a
healthy reserve but it ran out just as Supervisor Williams was about to take
office. Since then, Das has worked tirelessly to find creative solutions to
fill the funding gap. With every budget, he has pushed for additional funding
for libraries serving less populated, more isolated areas.
We are continuing
our work on sustainable funding and hope to consider increasing services.
Supervisor Williams will be hosting community meetings this fall on those
topics in both Montecito and Carpinteria. Please join us in exploring creative
solutions to increase our library system’s health!