A Small Town's Library Love Goes Viral, Earns Donations

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A Small Town's Library Love Goes Viral, Earns Donations A Small Town's Library Love Goes Viral, Earns Donations
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A Small Town's Library Love Goes Viral, Earns Donations

by Zak Stone

April 12, 2012


Like in many small towns across the country, Shutesbury, Massachusetts’s local library is a community pillar. Kids come to practice their reading. Adults come to use internet and search for jobs. And just like in other towns, a budget crisis is preventing the community from maintaining the facility they deserve: The 900-square foot building, built in 1902, doesn’t have running water or even any space for patrons to sit down and hang out. Much of the town is restricted to dial-up internet, so townspeople naturally want to use the library’s high speed connection, says Emily Bloch, a volunteer. "Except there’s no place for people to sit inside, so people park in the parking lot and idle with their laptops."
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