Public Library Funding Issues Meeting

The League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County will hold their annual membership meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 7-9 PM at the Aull Center at 351 Spruce St. We encourage our members and the public to attend this meeting, enjoy refreshments and learn about our public library.

Our guest speaker will be Sharon Turner, Director of the Morgantown Public Library. She will be speaking about funding of the library system. Funding for the library is an important local issue as both the County Commission and the City Council recently cut funding to the library. Other topics that may be covered are: changes in the library due to e-books and other technological advances, accommodating the homeless population and promoting the library and its services.

The League on the state level is conducting a study on funding for West Virginia public libraries. Earlier this year the State Supreme Court overturned a 1957 state law which required nine county school systems to turn over a portion of their budget to help fund their local public libraries. Information gathered at our membership meeting will help with the study.