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Tiny Region 8 Library is State's Smallest; Fighting to Survive

SEPTEMBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 6:59 a.m. CDT

 

WILLIFORD, AR - Residents in tiny Williford are scrambling to save their library.

Williford has 63 residents; its library has 5,769 books.  Williford is the smallest town in Arkansas with a public library.

Residents are trying to keep the library open, after the death of 94-year-old Glenna Garner, a retired teacher who provided the building and paid the electric bill for 40 years.  The library has remained open since Garner died 18 months ago. 

Library supporters are now debating whether the library should be owned by the government.  But Sharp County has shown little interest, and Williford's town council can't afford to maintain the building.

Volunteers and supporters are raising money and donating supplies to keep the library open.  For now, it is open three afternoons per week.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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