Hood River county voted to close down the library. There’s talk of trying to get it back on the ballot again in November but in the meantime, as of July 1st, doors close and all the librarians lose their jobs.
Story time this week was very sad. People were even crying on Wednesday (the morning after the election). And I personally saw at least 4 different people hear the news at the coffee shop that morning -every single one of them with eyes wide open as they mouthed, ‘are you serious?’
I also overheard one man tell another that he wasn’t surprised since they were asking for so much (it was for 3 towns’ libraries) and that they’d figure it out somehow. Oregon had that same thinking several years ago when they pulled the property taxes that fund for schools and didn’t put anything else in place (there’s still no sales tax here). So that’s one thing and I also think there was a lot of confusion about the budget and the funding and even around if it would actually close or not.
Maybe this will make it more of an issue now. Something people spend more time talking about. Maybe that will lead to a solution and open the doors again.
In the meantime, no story time for Gus and I after July 1st.