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May 21, 2013 > Milpitas Librarian addresses Rotary

Milpitas Librarian addresses Rotary

Submitted By Frank De Smidt

Linda Arbaugh, Milpitas' Librarian, addressed the Milpitas Rotary at its May 13 meeting, informing members that the new Milpitas Library serves around 1700 visitors a day and features computerized self-checkouts and mechanized returns. Customers can borrow DVD movies, music CD's, and ebooks in addition to printed books.

The return drop has a conveyor belt system that helps sort most of the items for library staff. This new library is double the size of its former Milpitas Civic Center site. Children and students of all ages are well served by the Milpitas Library with wide array of programs.

Arbaugh said that hours have been cut from 66 per week to 54 due to the loss of $428,000 in City funding, but that Milpitas is the second busiest branch in the Santa Clara County Library District.

She added the District operates seven community libraries, one branch library, two bookmobiles, and an online library. These serve the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County and the communities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga.

There is no cost for library cards to residents within the District. Non-District residents can also obtain a library card for an annual fee of $80 that was imposed in 2011 when the state stopped reimbursing libraries for serving non-residents.

Arbaugh is seeking support for the upcoming funding election to keep the current library hours and service levels. Voters in the District will be asked to continue their annual $33.66 parcel tax that brings in $5 million per year - 17% of the budget. Otherwise the tax expires June 30, 2015.

Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the Library District and must be returned by August 27, 2013. A two-thirds vote is required for approval. www.saveourlibraries2013.org.

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