Balcom new chairman of regional library board

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Libraries facing funding challenges

Members of the Cumberland Regional Library Board include: (from left) Christopher Mullaley,   Jane Wood, Coun. Harold Delaney, Coun. Frank Balcom, Morris Haugg, Coun. Lisa Ward, Coun. Al Gillis, Coun. Daniel Rector, and Coun. Darlene Ellis. 

AMHERST – Amherst town councillor Frank Balcom is the new chairman of the Cumberland Regional Library Board that administers libraries across the county.

Lisa Ward, a town councillor from Parrsboro, is the vice chairwoman while Springhill town councillor Harold Delaney is the new treasurer.

In addition to those elected, three new trustees have joined the board: Coun. Darlene Ellis representing Oxford, Coun. Daniel Rector representing the Municipality of Cumberland County, and Jane Wood, a citizen appointed by the province.

They join returning trustees: Coun. Allison Gillis representing the Municipality of Cumberland County, Morris Haugg, a citizen appointed Amherst, and Christopher Mullaley, a citizen appointed by the province.

The board faces a number of important issues, including frozen funding by the provincial government and recent cuts to the Community Access Program.

In spite of the challenges, Chief Librarian, Beth Clinton, believes the library continues to be a popular destination with consistent use and crowd-pleasing programs. She’s very delighted to welcome the new trustees, and also stated her thanks for Board members who had served in the past. 

The Board oversees the seven libraries and books by mail service that makes up the Cumberland Public Libraries.

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Library Board, Cumberland Public Libraries

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Parrsboro, Oxford

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