As many readers may already know, the Library Board of Trustees recently voted to close the Benton Branch library after more than a century of operation. According to this article in the Belmont Citizen Herald, the recent decision to close the branch is an effort to focus the dwindling library budget on the main branch. Not that closing Benton will free up much cash – Hal Shubin from the Library Board of Trustees said that the money saved by closing the town’s last neighborhood library might translate into some extended Saturday hours over the Summer.
The bigger question is now what’s to be done with the ca. 1892 building that housed the library? The idea of turning into a community center was floated. But there are other options as well – the town desperately needs a new youth center? Maybe some that haven’t even been thought of? I thought I’d put it to the B2 readership in a quick poll: