Local Library Reaches Fundraising Goal

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HARRISONBURG, Va. Throughout the fall, Massanutten Regional Library had their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Organizers were hoping to raise more than $30,000 dollars for operation costs.

Managers at the library said usually they do not reach their goal until the spring. This year, they have never seen donations come in this quickly.

Around this time last year, they were three to five thousand dollars short of their goal.

Kim Haynes, the director of development of Massanutten Regional Library, said this is a good sign that the economy is improving and people feel more secure about giving back.

Haynes said they have been operating on the same budget since the economic downturn in 2008. She said it has been difficult since operation costs are going up, but this is a positive sign for the future.

"If you looked at what our operating budget was in 2008 compared to this year, we are still $172,000 dollars below what we had in 2008. But, of course it is nice and gives everyone a bit of breathing room that we are making the goals," said Haynes.

This year, the money is stretching even further. In addition to paying for books, DVDs and other operation costs, it is also going to help operate public computers.

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