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Buna Public Library survives on donations

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This year The Buna Public library is celebrating 40 years in its current building.

The library averages 1,000 book checkouts a month. The patronage of the library is a steady flow, but the money flow is trickling down since government funding cuts.

Story time at the Buna Public library has been a tradition since 1984. Daisy Harvey is Amber Harvey's second daughter to enjoy that time with friends and books every Wednesday morning.

Harvey says, "It teaches her appreciation for books and she's developed a love for reading."

The library was founded back in 1979, has one employee and is run entirely with volunteers.

"We lost all of our state funding as all the small libraries did and we're very fortunate to have what we have based on what funding we do receive," said Board member Gordon Fales.

According to Fales, It costs $2,300 to $2,500 to keep the library open each month and without donations, the shelves would be empty and the story of the library could come to an end. Included in that cost are necessities like the utilities, and Internet for patrons. But it doesn't cover costs of new books and magazines to keep the library up to date.

Despite the hardships, board members and volunteers and members of the community are doing whatever it takes to make sure the library turns to the next page.

"We have a garage sale. We try to have a booth at Redbud and we hope to sell some of those books that we have," said Fales.

The book he is referring to is one that board member, Margaret Holmes, wrote called "Polly and the Polka Dot House" and all proceeds go to the library. So far that's $8,000. 

According to Fales, the library serves 9,000 people.

In order to help the library, the local Eastern Star chapter made a donation and local churches have taken up offerings too. They also plan to have "Polly and the Polka Dot House" for sale at the Redbud Festival in March.

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