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Rural Maine libraries on borrowed time as towns seek ways to save tax dollars

“If not for a donation of 125 books by Maine authors this spring, the Cherryfield Free Public Library would not have added a new book to its collection in two years. If not for volunteers, the library in Liberty would not be open six days a week. If not for supporters lobbying friends and neighbors for votes at the town meeting, the library in Mexico might be closed by now.” (via The Portland Press Herald)

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Use of Small and Rural Libraries Grows in the Digital Age

“Rural and small public libraries in the United States are community anchors, providing critical services and resources to meet a variety of local needs. The IMLS brief, The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States, provides the agency’s first targeted analysis of trends for rural and small library services. The report gives an overview of the distribution, service use, fiscal health, and staffing of these important community assets. One of the report’s surprising findings is the sheer number of public libraries that can be classified as either small or rural.” (via IMLS)

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China spends big to build libraries for all villages

“Since 2007, China has spent a massive amount of money to ensure that all villages have access to libraries with well-selected books, newspapers and audiovisual products for people in rural areas. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Wednesday in a statement posted on its website that it has appropriated a total of 5.9 billion yuan (937.99 million US dollars) to subsidize the construction of such rural libraries. In 2012 alone, the MOF earmarked 1.2 billion yuan for subsidizing rural libraries in a bid to put an end to the project of building libraries for all administrative villages in China, according to the statement. The project is one of the nation’s key cultural programs to bring tangible benefits to people living in rural areas, the statement said.”

via Globaltimes.cn

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