April 23, 2015
Librarian for Wellington’s Public Library, Sara Dixon, says it’s the solid local support which helps their library get through cuts in state aid.
Dixon says state aid isn’t a large part of their budget. She says it amounts to $4,000 to $5,000 annually.
The Kansas Center for Economic Growth says state aid to libraries was cut by nearly 23%. The group says those cuts are forcing some local libraries to scale back services including operating hours, cutting book purchases and limiting public internet access.
Dixon says Wellington is able to avoid some of those issues. But she says state cuts delays upgrading or buying new computers. She says that can limit the number of people in some classes they offer in which computers are used.
Dixon says she anticipated the cuts saying, “We’ve been able to avoid running into any real difficulties by just planning ahead.”
But Dixon says she’s heard from librarians in smaller rural Kansas communities which are being hurt harder by the state cuts. She says some of those communities don’t have the same local support her community gives for the Wellington Library.
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