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View Diary: Ten Years Of Library Internet In A Small Town (68 comments)

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  •  A little late here. (7+ / 0-)

    I wrote a comment yesterday that we lost our library when the county wanted to keep more of the property tax revenues for other services. Their solution, propose a separate district (like Parks and Rec).  The ballot measure to divest the library system from the county passed. The funding from a separate tax on property did not. The library closed.

    This was last May. By November, a group of library supporters had enough sigs to put a reduced funding initiative on the Nov ballot which passed.

    But the librarians and staff had been let go, the library shuttered and it will be late fall 2011 before the funding is rolling in to restart.

    There are some hidden losses here:  cross library lending for books people want but are not in our system; meeting rooms for non profits and community support groups; high school reading and research books; community college reading and research; those work stations for job hunters, high school and college paper research; high speed data for rural dial up users who are expecting large files; immigrant access to computers.

    An amazing loss which is not physically visible but affects everyone in our area.

    The wealthiest land owners were the ones opposing and in a county with a large number of registered Republicans, the little town Dems could not carry the day at first.

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