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Library Hours Cut in Seneca

The Neosho-Newton County Library Board voted to cut the library's weekly hours by 14. The library will now be closed all day Monday.
SENECA, MO.-- Residents in Seneca call the local library the "heart" of the community, but the doors at the Seneca library will read "closed" more often this year. For the last 20 years, Boyd Day has traveled six miles from home a couple times a week to use the Seneca library.

"Reading is a real important part of my life. TV is mostly reruns, and I enjoy reading," said Boyd Day, Used Library for 20 Years. 

Chris Yaudas uses the library to do work for her home business.

"A lot of times my satellite internet goes out and so I come here and use the WIFI," said Chris Yaudas, Uses Seneca Library. 

Day and Yaudas may not be able to use the library as much this year, last week, the Neosho-Newton County Library Board voted to cut the library's weekly hours by 14. The library will now be closed all day Monday.

"The Seneca library is very important to this community. It's just so important for people to have access to materials to expand their daily views," said Day. 

Neosho-Newton County Library Director Ginny Ray says cuts were made to not only the Seneca library, but four hours were cut from the Neosho library. The cuts will save more than $25,000 for the library budget.  

"By reducing hours, we are focusing on cutting personnel cuts this year because we've been cutting materials and we just don't feel like we should continue to do that," said Ginny Ray, Library Director. 

Residents in Seneca are afraid that if there is another budget cuts, the library may close for good.

"That has been our fear all along and so we are just concerned that the cuts that are being made now might potentially lead to the shutting down of the library, and we don't want to see that happen," said Yaudas. 

Talks of closing the library isn't a surprise for Day.

"They were suppose to do it last year, it survived this long. So hopefully it will keep surviving," said Day. 

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