Athens County Public Libraries serve as community centers despite budget cuts

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When the financial crisis hit in 2008, the Ohio legislature slashed funding to pubic libraries. But nearly a decade later, Athens County libraries continue to serve local communities and are even finding new ways to do so.

A day at the library

On a Monday afternoon in early December, Gloria Moody sits in a corner, eyes glued to the computer screen in front of her. She flips every so often between a webpage and Google Docs.

The 17-year-old is working on a paper for her English class. She’s taking two this semester because she’s graduating early from Trimble High School, which can be seen just outside the window of the Glouster Public Library.

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