Patrons upset over possibility of library closure

People in a library (AP)

March 4, 2010 8:57:23 PM PST
People in one part of Wake County are trying to fight back against budget cuts.Wake County Commissioners are considering closing the Southeast Regional Library in Garner.

"I'm trying to get my support and keep them from closing the library," patron Ryan Maddox said.

Commissioners had to get a larger room for their meeting Thursday, because more than 70 people wanted to express their worries about closing Garner's only library.

"That library is a main auxiliary for the southern county," Garner resident Dwight Rogers said.

Residents call it the heart and soul of the community - the only place some can get books and internet access.

"The people in Garner use their library very busy," concerned parent Kelly Maddox said. "I've never gone when there wasn't a lot of people there."

Wake County officials made a countywide request for each department to cut 7 percent from next year's budget.

So far, Garner is the only library threatened. Closing it would recoup $800,000 of an $18 million shortfall, but the idea at this point is only a proposal.

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