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Hearing postponed for library funding

FALLS CITY — Wagner Community Library in Falls City will have to wait at least a few more weeks to find out if it will be receiving a stable source of funding.

Falls City Government

Falls City Government

February 25, 2014

FALLS CITY — Wagner Community Library in Falls City will have to wait at least a few more weeks to find out if it will be receiving a stable source of funding.

A hearing scheduled for this month requesting the release of Wagner Community Trust Fund money to keep the library open was postponed until March 13.

Amber Mathiesen, Falls City administrator, said the hearing was postponed so lawyers arguing for the release could gather more information regarding operations costs requested by the judge in the case.

If granted, the fund has enough money for two years of operation, which would give the library time to consider becoming part of a regional library district.

In the meantime, the Wagner Community Library is running out of money fast. Mary Hake, the library’s temporary director, said operations are covered only through March.

“We aren’t thinking long-term anymore,” Hake said. “Hopefully, we will be planning another fundraiser soon. We haven’t made much progress since the holidays.”

Hake said she has no plans to close the library, but it is back to planning on a month-to-month basis.

Small fundraisers are continuing, including a quilt raffle and sales of T-shirts, books and other items at the library.

For more information, to donate, or to plan a library benefit fundraiser, contact Hake at 503-787-3521, ext. 319.

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