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DeKalb Libraries May Be Facing Huge Funding Cuts

Feb 14, 2017
According to petitioners, East Cobb is the second busiest out of the 16 libraries in Cobb County.
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DeKalb County's library system could lose more than half its funding for new books and supplies.

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Last year, libraries got $1.1 million for supplies. This year, the system is looking at $440,000.

Sara Fountain, chair of DeKalb County Public Library's board of trustees, says the cut would be damaging.

"A lot of people who use the library don't have the financial resources to access certain materials," Fountain says. "And so it's a critical need for our community."

DeKalb County Library via Flickr

According to the DeKalb County Board of Health, DeKalb is Georgia’s most culturally diverse county.

16% percent of its residents are foreign born, and nearly 18% primarily speak a language other than English at home.

To provide further educational opportunities for their diverse community, Dekalb County Public Library has started a new program which focuses on Muslim history, beliefs, and culture.

­­It’s called Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.