Rally for North Hardin library today


A save the Radcliff library aware­ness campaign is under­way in Hardin County and there should be plenty of support on display today.

A rally, organized by the Radcliff Small Business Alli­ance, will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. today in the parking lot of the former PNC Bank, 100 N. Dixie Blvd. at the corner of West Lincoln Trail and Dixie Boulevard in Radcliff.

According to Toshie Murrell, vice president of the RSBA, the purpose of the rally is to raise awareness for the community, not just in Radcliff or the northern end of the county, but to all who may not know that the library was closed.

The Library Board of Trustees voted earlier this month to permanently close the north branch, citing financial reasons and declining use.

Library Director Rene Hutchinson said the north branch served about 10,500 registered users. She said the number of library visits has been steadily declining the last five years.

The library board voted Sept. 10 to permanently close the North Branch facility with a 4-1 vote with Sue Story casting the lone dissenting vote. Voting to close were Marlane Youngblood, Will Flanagan, Suzanne Perla and Kevin Addington.

Murrell said the rally will let the library board know they are not in agreement with the board’s decision.

Murrell said other community leaders and concerned residents as well as members of the Radcliff Woman’s Club are joining them in hopes to find a solution to reopen the library.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Signs will be available.

If someone is not able to make it to the rally Tuesday, signs will be available for pickup next to Alliance Printing in the Radcliff Plaza.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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