Supporters Of 1-Room Library Make Their Case

NORTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A small library has loyal supporters who are determined to keep it from closing.

About 50 supporters of the Greentown branch of the North Canton Public Library filled a meeting room at the main branch on Wednesday. Adults and children had come to defend their one-room library, which is slated to be closed Aug. 17.

Library trustees in the northeast Ohio community were asked to reconsider a decision to shut down the branch. The board agreed to study alternatives.

Rama Reese, a teacher at Greentown School, told the board she takes her children and encourages her third-grade students to use the little library.

It costs about $150,000 per year to run the Greentown branch.

Budget cuts also are being made at the main branch.

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