Budget Cuts Impact Public Library

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

The Public Library was hit hard by Warren County's recent budget cuts.
Although half of the library's card carrying users are county residents, with half of its county funding now gone, the library will have to make changes that will directly affect its users.

"The Public Library is an extension of family", says Don Loiacano.

Don is the perfect person to attest to the Public Library being like family. He spends four to five days a week at the public library.

"We come on rainy days, sunny days, my daughter wants to come most days if we ask her", says Loiacano.

He says with the library talking about having to cut back on Sunday hours, it's really going to hit home with his family.

"Sunday hours would affect me personally because I am a stay at home dad and my daughter and I are here during the week. Sunday afternoon is my time", says Loiacano.

Library Director, Alisa Carmichael, says there isn't going to be a lot they can do about it.

"It's a cut back we could make to offset the short fall in our budget", says Carmichael.

She says she knows that people love Sundays at the library but it is an area the Board of Directors may have to eliminate in order to accommodate the budget cuts.

"In today's society Sunday is a busy time and always has been since we started having Sunday hours", says Carmichael.

Carmichael says other areas may be cut as well.

"Since the news of possible cuts has come about we have already started not filling positions that have come open. If we have someone leave, we haven't been filling those spots", says Carmichael.

Carmichael adds the library is not currently considering any lay-offs.

Carmichael says the board is also looking at closing the Smith Grove Branch in order to make their budget work, but she adds that none of these budget decisions will be made until the Board of Directors meets and comes up with a final decision.

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