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Hiawatha Library Looks To Levy

HIAWATHA, IA (CBS2/FOX28) --  Some Corridor voters have a chance to help out a local library thats trying to keep up with the trend of bigger and better library buildings. The Hiawatha Public Library held an open house today to help educate voters about improvements it desperately needs.

While local residents slide between book shelves at the Library in Hiawatha, the staff navigates the work room of a building they say theyve outgrown.

"You have five people in here, people are answering phones, people are answering questions and it can get quite loud in here, said Hiawatha Public Library Adult Programming Coordinator Molly Rach.

They say in the past decade, their circulation has increased drastically while more people walk through the front doors each year.

"We've been making the case for several years now because we've also been in the process of trying to build an expansion to this building, said Hiawatha Public Library Director Jeaneal Weeks.

Thats where Hiawatha voters come in. They can approve an extra tax that would create more than $80,000 every year for the library.

Right now the plan is for the library to double its current size. That would happen with or without the levy. But if it does pass, those extra funds would be used to hire much needed staff.

"We're just very very crowded and we have no more room to grow, said Weeks.

The library says the goal today is just to educate voters ahead of local elections on November 5th.

"We're here to answer any questions. We're not advocating that people vote for it we simply want people to be aware that it's on the ballot, said Weeks.

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