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Financially stressed, Richards Library seeks public support

Ellsworth family members (left to right): Kara, 10. Trevor, 9, and mother Peggy Ellsworth check out books from Warrrensburg's Richards Library, with the help of librarian Barbara Whitford.

Ellsworth family members (left to right): Kara, 10. Trevor, 9, and mother Peggy Ellsworth check out books from Warrrensburg's Richards Library, with the help of librarian Barbara Whitford. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “A large number of people turn out to vote No on the school budget because it’s the 800-pound gorilla of taxation,” he said. “We want people to go to vote specifically for the library proposition — we want this issue to fly on its own.”

However, the school board voted 4-0 to hold it on the school board election day in May, citing that there would likely be a better turnout that day.

Richards Library Board President Susan Jordan said Wednesday that the institution has for a century provided so much for so many people in the area — and with the uncertain economy, more residents than ever are using the library, particularly for Internet use.

“Richards Library is our area communities’ history and our future, it provides our archives,” she said. “It’s a vital resource, and it’s important to have it supported.”

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