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Many Fighting To Keep Moorhead Public Library Open

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A new chapter is beginning for the Moorhead Public Library, one you might label survival. That's after they asked the city council for 40,000 dollars during a time of need, and city council said no. Now a couple staff members must be let go and doors must close on Sundays to make ends meet.

"To me it's the heart of the community," says Yvonne Condell, who has been a part of Moorhead for 48 years. She has seen this library start a new chapter.

"We have to think of the new roles of the library too," says Condell, "As community center, as centers as opportunities to improve one's own development. I think those are absolutely essential." More than children's books, more than a place to read.

"I've had friends who were unemployed," says Laura Fasick, an avid library user, "Who have come to use the computers, because they needed computer access to job hunt, and they couldn't afford computers of their own when they were unemployed."

On average 220 people come through the Moorhead Library's doors every Sunday.

Patti Kratky, the Friends of the Library President says, "The library was forced to make changes that will affect the public service."

Forced to cut staff members, and hours, and now even Sundays.

"Obviously we had to come up with a solution," says Megan Krueger, the Moorhead Library Director, "And there was no happy one."

After digging into reserve funds for years those dollars have been spent, and without sufficient funds from the city the library says this situation is more serious than ever before.

"I feel sorry for the councilmen," says Kratky, "I feel for them, because there is a hundred thousand ways to spend money, and a hundred thousand people asking for money."

Far more money than the friends of the library says they can raise on their own.

"I think that the more city council members know that community members are really interested in this," says Fasick, "The more they will find ways to fund the library."

In the heart of Moorhead, a library serving a community is in a tough situation. If you want to show your support for the library you can go to the city council meeting on January 27th at 5:30 P.M. They will be sitting quietly in the back row in support of their cause.

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