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Organization works to improve opportunities for local readers

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Ron Eifert, assistant director of the Sikeston Public Library, adds audio books donated in an individual's memory to the collection. Making memorial/honor contributions have become common in the library and have proved to be an ideal way for the community to support. Leonna Heuring, Staff
SIKESTON -- The public library is typically thought of as the ideal place to find free entertainment -- whether it be through a book, the Internet or a special program being offered.

But as more patrons are utilizing their local libraries, the institutions' costs are rising and funds lagging.

"Since funding is always so questionable anymore -- as to what we receive and want we don't -- we have to be prepared," said Sue Tangeman, director of Sikeston Public Library.

That's where the Sikeston's community organization, Friends of the Library, helps to make a difference. The group, which is preparing for its annual membership drive, aims to improve opportunities for local readers. As early as Feb. 1, individuals, families and businesses in the Sikeston community could receive letters about joining the organization.

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