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August 14, 1993

After the Ventura County budget was passed, we found that funds would be available to keep all county libraries open at least a few hours each week. This is good news because it preserves the skeleton on which to rebuild our libraries.

However, we must continue to work to restore full service. There is not enough money in the 1993-94 budget to buy the books and magazines that are needed to keep information in the local libraries up to date. There is not enough staff to maintain inter-library loan activity. Both the quantity and the quality of service will be severely curtailed during the coming year.

Several methods of providing full funding for the library in 1994-95 have been suggested. Friends of the Library groups throughout the county will be working to support whatever method seems best. I hope many will join them in this effort.

A very small percentage of the tax dollar is needed to maintain this important service.

BETTY C. BLACK

Ventura

Betty C. Black is a retired librarian.

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