Ilmar Vanderer, one of leading members of the group formed to save the Bellevue library, was “shocked and outraged” after hearing about the decision to close the library on Monday
“This is a perfect example of how appointed boards in Montclair, like the Library Board…over which the public has no direct control, are running wild, loose and reckless; irresponsibly shutting down public
institutions without benefit of public input. They are making arbitrary, capricious and unilateral
decisions…which fly in the face of what the community wants and needs.”
There was reportedly no hint that the Bellevue Library would be closed down at last night’s council meeting. In addition, at the Library Board’s meeting this morning, the board made the decision to close the
library first, and then opened up the floor to the public comments.
Vanderer said that the decision came as a complete surprise to himself and the group. In addition, he said that neither the Montclair Public Library Foundation nor the Library Board has been very cooperative
with the newly formed Bellevue Library group, which Vanderer said hinders any kind of fundraising efforts.
After hearing about the closing, Vanderer seemed more determined than defeated.
“Our efforts are only going to step up after this point.”