Pennsylvania: Oldest Public Library in the Nation in Danger of Closing (Video)
From NBC Philadelphia:
For more than two centuries, the Darby Free Library has remained both a vital part of its community as well as a historical landmark. Built in 1743 by Quakers, it remains the oldest public library [in continuous service] in the nation. But a financial crisis has left it in danger of shutting down by the end of the year.
Currently 60 percent of Darby residents and 1,500 people a month regularly use the library’s services.
Yet despite the community support, the library is in the midst of a financial crisis. Recent state cuts wiped out $50,000 in the library’s operating budget.
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See Also: Darby Borough residents react to Darby Library closing fears (via Delaware County News Network)
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