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Henderson Library Patrons Disappointed by Plans to Close

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HENDERSON, Nev. -- Two Henderson libraries are being forced to close in the next few days.

Earlier this month, Henderson voters turned down a tax initiative which would have raised property taxes by roughly $7 to $10 to keep the libraries open.

The Malcolm Library near Seven Hills Drive and Sunridge Heights Parkway will close next Friday. The Galleria Library, which is located at the Galleria at Sunset, will close Wednesday.

The closures have impacted the jobs of about 15 people. Most of those workers have been placed in another job in the library system.

People who use the libraries are disappointed that not enough voters realized the importance of libraries.

Marilyn Lynt is one of those people. When her grandchildren visit from Georgia, the Malcolm Library is one of their first stops.

"The first thing we do is we come to the library right here. Sometimes we walk, get out books and get out DVDs. It is a sad day here," Lynt said.

Lynt says the library has been more than just a place to check out books.

"It is a nice place. The staff is so helpful. When I moved here, the first people I met were the people at the library to help me with information," she said.

According to the city of Henderson, both libraries service about 50,000 people. Tom Fay is the director of libraries in Henderson. He says even though people are turning to technology more for book and movies, libraries are still popular.

"They are well used. We have the computers now. We have classes on how to use the computers, how to use your iPads, how to use your Kindle, all of that," Fay said.

Library visitors will now have to find which of the remaining four Henderson locations are best suited for them .

"We are still here to do the job. People are going to have to drive a little further. We will still be creative and innovative. We will continue to provide quality services," Fay said.

As for Lynt and her grand kids, Tuesday's trip to this library will be their last.

"I told to them we would get the books here, but we would have to take them back to a different library. It is a wonderful resource. It will be a huge loss," Lynt said.

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