by Andrew Henderson
The future of the Fulton Public Library lies with those it serves most: residents of the Fulton City School District.
“Over the past few years, the library has lost $110,000 in funding from the City of Fulton,” said Marian Stanton, president of the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees. “These drastic cuts have brought about significant changes in how we now operate.”
These changes include a reduction in the days that the library is open and the size of the staff.
“When we reviewed our budget it was clear that the only areas we could cut back on were personnel and materials,” said Stanton. “As a result, we are no longer open on Mondays and Tuesdays, were forced to lay off a full-time employee — actually no longer have full time employee — and we did not fill an open part-time position.
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