The New Gloucester Public Library reopened for lobby service earlier this week under new leadership, six months after budget disagreements closed its doors.
| Emily Bader, Lakes Region Weekly |
NEW GLOUCESTER — Six months after budget disagreements closed its doors, the New Gloucester Public Library reopened this week under new leadership.
Lee Shaw and Emily Martin began their new positions as library director and assistant librarian, respectively, earlier this month. Former employees Suzan Hawkins and Carla McAllister were laid off last September following residents’ second rejection of the library’s budget. Voters approved the $102,033 library budget in a third election in December.
The approved budget is a $4,000 decrease from last year’s budget and funds both positions at 36 hours each with benefits. Last year’s budget funded the positions at 40 hours per week each.