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State budget cuts could effect local library
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING – Coldspring Area Public Library Director Pam Neely told a brief history of the library, how it’s funded and what proposed state budget cuts might mean last week during the monthly meeting of the Coldspring/San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Neely said the library was founded in 1985 by the San Jacinto County Heritage Society and the Women’s League of San Jacinto County. “The building was donated and originally placed at the end of Slade Street in Old Town,” Neely said. In 2002 it was moved to its current location. “Our operating funds come from a lot of donations and we do fundraisers. Our annual garage sale each October brings in $12,000 to $15,000 yearly,” Neely said. “We now have 11 computers in our computer lab, purchased with grant money and Eastex Telephone provides us with DSL. This helps us to stay open,” she said. Neely said there are more than 18,000 items in the library which is staffed with two paid members and volunteers. “Volunteers save us over $11,000 per year. We work very hard and through your kindness we’ve been open for 25 years,” she said. “State budget cuts will probable effect us in three things – the removal of the Texas Lone Star Libraries Grants which provides aid to local libraries; the loss of about $4,000 in grant funding and the TexShare databases that we pay $50 per year for as subscribers. If that is taken away it will cost us $780 versus $50 per year,” Neely said.

 

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