Carroll library sets Ghost Walk fund-raiser

System director facing $30,000 cut in budget

March 21, 2000|By Jennifer McMenamin | Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF

Faced with the possibility of a $30,000 budget cut, the Carroll County Public Library system plans to earn its money -- one ghost story at a time.

For the first time since the library became a countywide system in 1958, the library board will hold a fund-raiser this year to pay for items unavailable in the current budget. The library is selling $25 tickets for a Carroll County Ghost Walk on April 14, which is during National Library Week.

Circulating about 19 items per county resident each year, the Carroll library system is the busiest in the state.

"There's been a change in thinking," said Linda Mielke, library director.

"The budget is tight, and taxpayers are tired of paying for the same old thing year after year. It's difficult -- so we've all had to raise our own money."

About $4.8 million -- or 80 percent -- of the library system's budget of $6 million comes from county taxpayers. The county commissioners are considering a budget that would cut $30,000 from the library system's operating budget.

Mielke said the reduction likely would force her to cut back on supplies and summer reading program activities and staff training.

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