Local Library Raises Funds to Keep the Organization Running

HARRISONBURG, Va. Massanutten Regional Library is in the middle of their biggest fundraiser of the year, hoping to raise 30 thousand dollars to keep their organization running.

This library has been running on the same budget, since the economic downturn in 2008.

Employees at the library said, it has been difficult since operation costs have gone up. As a result, they have had to make a lot of cuts.

Right now, 75 percent of employees work part-time. In 2005, less than 50 percent of employees worked part-time.

Recently, they have also depended a lot more on volunteer contribution. Last year, more than nine thousand hours of work was completely voluntary.

Cheryl Griffith, the Community Relations Manager at Massanutten Regional Library, said "We stretch every dollar. One of the ways they have done that is to cut library hours. Libraries now have shorter operating times. Also, the staff positions hours have been cut. Probably back in 2008 you had more full-time equivalent employees. Whereas today, 2/3rds of our staff work part-time."

This year, their money is stretching even further. In addition to paying for books, DVDs, computer access, and other operating costs, they also need to pay off the renovation costs they made at the Village Library.

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