Mass Public Library Closures Hit Oregon

Medford Oregon's newly opened public library is about to close its doors -- but it is just one of 15 across the region suffering from a loss of federal subsidies.

"A community in southern Oregon is bracing for the very real possibility that its entire library system will soon be closing down. The potential countywide shutdown in southern Oregon is thought to be the largest mass library closing in American history. And it comes at a particularly bad time for some of the 15 communities affected. They've just put the finishing touches on brand-new library buildings. And now, there's no money to run them."

Full Story: Small Towns Face Losing Their Libraries

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