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Emo Library seeks donations to keep doors open

By Adam Riley Nov 10, 2023 | 9:54 AM

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A drive for monetary donations has begun to prevent the library in Emo from shuttering for the year.

Earlier this week the Library issued a press release stating it was in danger of closing.

Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Donaldson says its left the facility with a shortfall of between $20,000 and $25,000, but notes the closure would only be temporary should funding not be secured.

“We’re hoping to be able to ask for money for our levies next year, once we have a better sense of where we’re gonna be.”

Those unexpected costs came as the result of a pay equity investigation.

The press release also cites the rising costs of materials, labour and utilities as reasons for the situation the library finds itself in.

In addition to receiving a portion of the tax levy from the Townships of Emo, La Vallee and Chapple, as well, in exchange for allowing residents access, Morley provides a donation.

There is also an operating grant which comes from the province, but according to Donaldson an application for those funds needs to be made by a township.

While the library would reopen as of January 1st, 2024, the impacts of a short term closure would be felt beyond those just seeking literature.

“We do so much more than that and it would have a huge negative impact on the community. We provide vital computer access and Wi-fi for people, especially the rural residents we serve who may not have the best internet access where they are.”

Donaldson also expressed fear over what could happen should the library’s budget allocations not be increased in the future, citing the closure of the Rainy River Public Library which has lasted more than a year.

In addition to the donations, residents are being asked to follow the library’s social media and website to learn about upcoming fundraising events.