Referendum Approaching on New Marathon City Library

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Libraries can begin a lifelong love of reading in kids, or help sustain it in adults, but without a good library, that can be hard to do.

That's why the Village of Marathon City is hoping voters will allow them to improve their aging library with a referendum on November 3.

Their planned 3,000 square foot library will cost an estimated $550,000, however once finished, the county would then pay back half the cost to the village.

And since the village plans to foot the bill with reserve funds, leaders say if approved, it could be a great deal for residents.

"I think we have a pretty good plan to move forward without really having any impact on village property taxpayers," says Dave Joswiak, Village Administrator for Marathon City.

And as anyone who has been inside Marathon City's current library can attest to, it's really not meeting the village's needs anymore.

"We have a very good circulation, a very good population of people using it, but the services we offer are very limited, because there's just no place to go," says Lavone Rungy, Branch Supervisor for the Marathon Library.

In fact, the cramped, 900 square foot library is less than half the size of Marathon County's next smallest library, and that's why local librarians say more space would get them more books, new programs, and improved community service.

Rungy says, "I think the people in this community deserve a new library, but whether they decide to vote for a new library or against it, it's entirely up to them."

That decision will come November 3.