Representatives from all six public libraries in the county were present at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting to present their annual request for library funding.
Mary Jo Ruppert, director of the Cherokee Library, noted that the Cherokee library relies on the county funding for CDs, DVDs, periodical subscriptions and various other expenses. The city is the source of the bulk of the library's revenue and pays for salary and building expenses.
It was noted that the other libraries in the county rely on the county for a higher percentage of their revenues than the Cherokee Library. The smaller libraries also rely more heavily on volunteers to operate the libraries.
Ruppert noted that the high cost of natural gas has resulted in the elimination of a part-time position at the Cherokee library.
The presentation by the library representatives was informational in nature, one of a series of budget requests in preparation for the upcoming budget setting process for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Ruppert had another informational matter to discuss regarding the upcoming budget. The supervisors have regularly used county betterment fund to support a Stories 2000 project. Volunteers read to children accompanying mothers at the monthly Women Infant and Children (WIC) clinic and all the children receive a picture book to take home with them for each visit.
The program is the only program in the state still operating from an initiative in 2000 by the first lady of the state, Christie Vilsack, to establish community based literacy programs.
Ruppert said that Christie Vilsack praises the Cherokee program around the state.
The cost of the books is about $1,500 and this is the amount the supervisors have approved in past years except that last year there was no request because there was enough carryover to cover the present fiscal year.