Library facing cutbacks

The Wareham Free Library is reeling from recent budget cuts. Roger Bacchieri, member of the library board of trustees, said the budget approved by Town Meeting voters on June 18 is not enough to keep the current level of service at the main branch at 59 Marion Road. Bacchieri said the library is turning to two nonprofit groups – the Friends of the Wareham Free Library and the Wareham Free Library Foundation – to fill a budget gap of more than $90,000. “We’re going to try to figure out what, if anything, we can do,” said Bacchieri. A reduction in hours is imminent, and in the worst-case scenario, the main library branch will not be able to operate, according to library director Denise Medeiros. The library’s $400,000 annual budget was reduced by $107,000, she said. Even if the $90,000 in additional funding comes through, Medeiros said, the main branch hours will have to be cut back to about three days a week. “We will be reducing hours,” she said.