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Effects of budget cuts hit north Georgia library

DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- Budget cuts in Whitfield County have forced the local library to make some adjustments.

Beginning Monday, August 1, the Dalton-Whitfield County Library will cut back on its hours of operation.

The library will be closed on Mondays and will close on Saturdays at 1:30 pm. Originally, the library was open until 6:00 pm on Saturdays and only closed on Sundays.

In November, we learned Whitfield County was facing a multi-million dollar budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2011, indicating lay-offs and cuts.

Earlier this month, Joe Forsee, Director of the Northwest Georgia Regional Library, told Channel 3 the library was hit with a $116,000 budget cut. The director said he was down two employees and operating with only three certified librarians, the minimum number required for aid.

In addition to lay-offs and library hours, the computer lab will also keep its doors closed on Mondays, and close 15 minutes earlier Tuesday through Friday. On Saturdays, the lab will close at 1:15 pm.

On July 8, Forsee told Eyewitness News he hopes the cuts have bottomed out, and said he can't see the doors ever closing for good.

"They truly serve a slice of life, the need for the material and services is huge, and it's central to our community," said Forsee.

The Dalton-Whitfield County Library serves anywhere from 400-700 people a day, and more than 30,000 computer users each year.

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