Waynesboro Library Adjusts to Funding Decreases

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WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV)-- One of the ways in which the Waynesboro Library is increasing its funding is through community events, such as game shows.

When you come to check out a book from the library in Waynesboro, 85% of funding for the library actually comes from the city, donations, and library fines.

Workers say that recently a lack of funds has resulted in cuts to some programs.

"We just don't have what we had when I started here like eight years ago. I mean, we couldn't have breakfast with Santa last year because of funding issues," said Marta Grove, Waynesboro Library's publicity coordinator and secretary.

The local budget for Waynesboro Library was about $694,300 in 2013. With state and other funds all together it was $881,000. Grove said funding from the state has decreased.

Library funding varies for each locality. The library in Harrisonburg has had local funding actually increase, which also means more state funding. Augusta county also said their budget will increase a bit next year; that will of course depend on the current budget getting passed.

The library took part in one national initiative just wrapping up called 'Geek the Library', in which they asked people to share their passion, and raise awareness about the importance of library funding.

Kitty Krog who checked out books for her daughters said library outings are a pretty regular family affair. She also stressed that it's a needed resource.

"So many worlds to explore when you go to the library, we absolutely love it. The library is just, it's a must have, not everybody can afford to go out and buy books," said Krog.

The library will be holding regular public events such as its game show night on June 3 at 7 p.m., to find ways to increase funding.


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