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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Seneca library will keep operating through end of fiscal year

  • The Neosho Newton County Library board voted Tuesday to keep the Seneca Library branch open through the end of December, according to Josh Dodson, member of the Seneca Library Foundation.
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  • The Neosho Newton County Library board voted Tuesday to keep the Seneca Library branch open through the end of December, according to Josh Dodson, member of the Seneca Library Foundation.
    Ginny Ray, Neosho Newton County Library director, also announced the decision in a Wednesday press release.
    The library had previously been scheduled to close at the end of June.
    "The Neosho Newton County library board voted to keep the Seneca Branch Library open for the remainder of the fiscal year during the March meeting," Ray said in the statement. "The board will concentrate on strategic planning for the effective management of the library's resources to best serve the entire county."
    The library's fiscal year ends in December, Ray said.
    The Neosho Newton County Library board had first announced in September their plans to shut the doors to the Seneca library, citing financial constraints as the cause for the closure.
    However, in the October board meeting, a group of Seneca residents, then calling themselves the Save the Seneca Library Committee, approached the board to protest the closure and the Seneca branch was given a six-month reprieve in the new fiscal year.
    The committee working to save the library has recently restructured, splitting from the Neosho Newton County Library board, and now operating as a 501c3 non-profit under the Neosho Area Business and Industry Foundation, Inc.
    Dodson said, via email, that while the board voted Tuesday to keep the branch open through December, they have also left it at the discretion of Ray to make necessary cuts as needed.
    The Seneca Library Foundation has also planned a meeting for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at the Seneca City Hall, 1303 Cherokee Ave., where they will host a round table discussion, create fundraising groups, and hear ideas on funding the Seneca library branch.
    The foundation has set their initial fundraising goal at $10,000.
    Dodson said as donations come in, the foundation will be designating what the library should use the money for, such as children's books or new computers.
    He said the goal of the foundation is to keep the Seneca branch open. However, if the branch is closed, the goal is to attempt to re-open the library as a foundation-run library, if possible.

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