The plan for the future of Siskiyou County's libraries is "a band aid that will be ripped off in six months," said interim library director Lisa Musgrove.
The Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to fund a $124,000 library budget which will keep 4 of Siskiyou County’s 12 libraries open for 6 months.
The libraries in Mount Shasta, Yreka, Dorris and Etna will remain open with “very limited hours and services” until January, said interim library director Lisa Musgrove.
The other seven libraries were thrown “a lifeline,” Musgrove added.
The Board allowed a $9,000 addition to library funding, which will be used to provide the Dunsmuir, Weed, McCloud, Fort Jones, Tulelake, Happy Camp and Montague libraries with basic necessities such as phone service, DSL, the internet library system, data processing and library specific supplies, such as library cards.
If these branches wish to remain open, the individual communities will be required to provide a minimum of four hours of paid labor time to staff them, Musgrove said.
“The fate of those libraries will depend on community support,” she said.
When January rolls around, however, there is no plan whatsoever for library funding.
“This is basically a band aid that will be ripped off in six months,” said Musgrove.