Council to vote on Wagner library closure

The Falls City City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on closing the Wagner Community Library Thursday. The library will close on Aug. 31.

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The Falls City City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on closing the Wagner Community Library Thursday. The library will close on Aug. 31.



FALLS CITY — The Falls City City Council will hold the second, and final, public hearing on closing the Wagner Community Library on Thursday.

Wagner Closing

What: Final public hearing on the closure of Wagner Community Library.

When: Thursday at 6 p.m.

Where: Falls City Community Center, 320 N. Main St., Falls City.

For more information: 503-787-3631.

After the hearing, council will vote on the proposed Aug. 31 closure. The council also will consider and vote on where the collection of books should go once the library is closed.

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The Wagner Community Library in Falls City is slated to close on Aug. 31.

John Goodyear, the executive director of the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service, said Falls City residents will continue to qualify for library service through CCRLS.

“When the library closes on Aug. 31, Wagner adult patrons will automatically become basic patrons of the Dallas Public Library with all appropriate privileges, and children will become CARE patrons of Dallas,” Goodyear said.

Basic patrons can have 10 checkouts and 10 holds at a time and full use of CCRLS online resources. CARE patrons can have up to 25 checkouts of age-appropriate items and place 25 holds. Systemwide borrowing is available at the basic level.

“Patrons will be free to switch libraries if they choose and to upgrade to a full-service library card for a $60 annual fee per household,” Goodyear said.

Full-service cardholders can have 50 checkouts and 50 holds at a time.

Beginning Sept. 1, any books still checked out from Wagner should be returned to Dallas or any other CCRLS member library. Fines and fees can be paid at any CCRLS library.

The council began the process of closing the library in November 2017 due to a lack of funding. It considered a levy for library operations, but the council decided against putting it on the ballot.

Library Director Andy Rommel and Falls City School District Superintendent Art Houghtaling proposed donating all children and young adult books to the Falls City Elementary School, unique books to CCRLS, and all remaining books to school district for a book sale.



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