Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Saving Fenton Free Library

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This is my neighborhood library. Isn’t it cute? 🙂

The Fenton Free Library was started in the 1930s and has been a neighborhood tradition ever since. It serves under 7500 residents, yet has almost 28000 books. It is linked to the public library and the Four County library system so you can order books from other libraries just like you can at the bigger ones in the area.

It has a wonderful children’s section and offers story hour twice each week. It also offers free Wi-Fi, magazines, puzzle exchanges and other community programs.

It is in the fight of its life.

Due to a 70% cut in county funding in 2011, our library has been struggling to stay afloat. The most recent effort to keep it open has been to attach proposed funding to the 2014 school ballot. While many people will balk at this, perhaps stating that they do not use the library, I feel that the small amount that it will cost each family in additional school tax is well worth the benefits we reap by having a library we can walk to on a summer day.

Is $11.09 per $100,000 in property assessment really that much to ask? I pay a lot more than that in school taxes, and hey, I don’t have kids. 🙂

I am hoping that the community sees the benefit of this institution. I pray that they fully understand that despite the advancements in technology, there is still something so precious to a kid about carrying home books from the library. 🙂

I know many of my followers are not local to my area. But, I also know that ours is not the only library in dire straits. If you have not been to the library in forever – run, do not walk, to it and get yourself a library card! It is a passport to all the magic those buildings hold.

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