The library staff has had this
question asked of them many times recently: "Why are
the libraries not open as much as they used to be?"
The answer is a new set of regulations has taken
effect that say the amount of state funding depends
on the amount of local funding. The amount of money
libraries receive in Wayne County does not meet the
state requirement, so the amount of state funding
What this means for Wayne County Libraries is
reduction in hours along with cuts in the number of
books that will be purchased. No DVDs or books on CD
will be able to be purchased.
Saturday hours have been cut as well. The C-K
Library will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Wayne Library will not have Saturday hours.
The library system receives local funding from the
County Commission (via levy), Board of Education,
Kenova (levy) and Ceredo. Fort Gay and Wayne provide
services. The libraries appreciate all the support
these local entities have given over the years and
they are aware of our situation.
What can you do?
The libraries will continue to accept cash donations
as well as donations of newer books and DVDs.
The libraries also need patrons to speak up. Write
or call your commissioners, board of education
members, state legislators and WV Library Commission
and tell them that Wayne County Libraries need funding to remain
open in the future. The more patrons let their
voices be heard, the more it will help the libraries
in achieving the goal of sustainable funding.
Click on the SITES OF INTEREST link
to the left and it will take you to a page with
links to the Board of Education and County
Commission. You can get names and addresses there.
The West Virginia Library Commission link will take
you to the pages that provide contact information to
the governor and legislators.
Thank you for your continued support of Wayne County