Researchers lobby to keep program running

December 16, 1992

Researchers and family historians will present Carroll County library officials with petitions tonight asking them to continue funding a genealogy program at the system's Westminster branch.

Among those circulating petitions is John Bankert of Westminster, who uses the Genealogy Program to research family history.

Mr. Bankert has left petitions with several county fraternal organizations.

"We want people to support maintaining the program," he said. "We want to try to maintain the information as a single entity."

The library's Davis Room, he said, is a convenient place to house the collection amassed by the Carroll County Genealogical Society.

The library administration has proposed eliminating the genealogy service and closing the Davis room as part of a $101,000 cost-cutting plan. The cuts reportedly stem from the state's withdrawal of Social Security payments for teachers, librarians and community college employees.

The board of trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at library headquarters, 115 Airport Drive, Westminster, to discuss the budget-trimming plan.

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