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Falls City library receives grant for program

FALLS CITY — The Wagner Community Library in Falls City has received a grant to pay for its summer reading program, but does not yet have the funding to stay open to hold it.

January 21, 2014

FALLS CITY — The Wagner Community Library in Falls City has received a grant to pay for its summer reading program, but does not yet have the funding to stay open to hold it.

A $1,000 Ready to Read Grant will cover the cost of supplies, prizes and performers for the 2014 science-themed summer reading program "Fizz, Boom, Read," said Mary Hake, the library's temporary director. The program begins June 19.

But donations from community members and an Oregon Community Foundation grant have collected only enough money for the library to remain open through April.

No longer able to afford covering all the costs of operation, the Falls City School District has had to end a portion of its support for Wagner. The library has had to rely on donations to stay open, so far amounting to about $6,500, Hake said.

Thus far, Wagner has been able to maintain full library services and hours, and is still a member of the Chemeketa Cooperation Regional Library System.

"But more money is needed for the library to remain open through the summer," Hake said.

In an effort to stay open, Wagner is selling stocking hats in team colors — Falls City, Dallas, University of Oregon and Oregon State University — for $10. The hats are made and donated by Dallas resident Jerry Fink. Books and videos also are on sale for 50 cents each. Antique books are available at varying prices as well.

The Wagner Community Library is located at 111 N. Main St. in Falls City.

For more information: 503-787-3521; email wagner-library@ccrls.org.

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