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The Norwin Public Library – an 85 year old institution in our community – is in peril.  A group of citizens are trying to defund the library. They have placed a question on the Nov. 8 ballot that, if successful, would be catastrophic to the library and all the Norwin Area residents that rely on our services.

The average cost to taxpayers is less than $27 a year per household. Last year, the library circulated 159,079 items. The average price of a new book is $26. That’s a one year savings of well over $3 Million in borrowed books alone.  The Norwin Public Library loans more books than any other public library in Westmoreland County and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year, either to borrow books, attend a storytime, participate in a workshop, work with a tutor, seek technology assistance, or meet clients

The question put before the voters would reduce our local support from 1.2mills to .2mills, a devastating loss of $418,000. The library simply cannot survive an 84% cut in local funding..

The library has grown and thrived over its 85 year history because the Norwin community has supported it every step of the way.  Library supporters will be asking voters to please vote No on November 8th to Save Our Library.