Molly Rodgers, the executive director of the Wayne Library Alliance, has her work cut out for her.


Every week, Molly writes her “Library Lines” column for The Wayne Independent, offering some great tidbits and information about the resources that are available at libraries that no one realizes.


Recently, Molly went before the Wayne County Commissioners to present her annual report.


What was alarming was that 2010 was the first year in which funding dwindled.


Molly Rodgers, the executive director of the Wayne Library Alliance, has her work cut out for her.

Every week, Molly writes her “Library Lines” column for The Wayne Independent, offering some great tidbits and information about the resources that are available at libraries that no one realizes.

Recently, Molly went before the Wayne County Commissioners to present her annual report.

What was alarming was that 2010 was the first year in which funding dwindled.

The library authority had received a decade of funding increases — a nice boost to any library system, especially in the wake of libraries falling on difficult times throughout the country over the past few years.

Wayne County’s seven libraries have felt the pinch too.

They had to cut hours of operation: 11 percent in all.
That turns people away.

Molly does everything in her power to keep attendance strong at our libraries. She’s always thinking and we marvel at her creativity.

But there’s only so much she can do.

Our libraries need to stay open. They need to be a crucial community resource.
We need to save them.

There’s an interesting debate regarding whether libraries should be publicly funded or be strictly donation-based.

No matter the outcome, we need to offer Molly some help.

First off, go get a library card.
Then visit a library and see what it has to offer.
You have no idea.
Also, check out a book.

It’s so easy these days to go online and read books but nothing beats the smell and the texture of a hard cover book.

And there’s nothing like curling up with one on a rainy day or cold night and letting your mind run wild.
Books are the doors of the imagination. And libraries provide that function.

Where else in your community — maybe other than a school — can you go to see the community come together?

Where else can you find a place to get some peace and quiet for a little while?
Where else can you can free services like the Internet or newpapers and magazines to read, services that many of us just can’t afford any longer?

We need to help save our libraries.
We cannot let them become an endangered species in our communities.