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Supporters gather to protest closing of the facility

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    WIL PETTY/Staff A crowd of approximately 100 people gathered outside the Baldwin County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 2 to speak out against the potential closing of the library. A variety of speakers also shared their experiences w
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    WIL PETTY/Staff Attendees and passers by were encouraged to sign a petition showing their continued support for the library system.
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    Photos by WIL PETTY/Staff Stephanie McClure was one of many speakers who addressed the crowd.
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    Posters were placed featuring quotes from many leaders and celebrities.

A group of approximately 100 supporters of the Twin Lakes Library System stood outside of the Baldwin County Courthouse to express their desires to keep the facility open.

The library, with two locations within the Milledgeville city limits and one in the unincorporated area of the county, saw its funding drastically reduced when the county opted to only fund for the operation and maintenance of the Sinclair Branch.

Because of that, the library stands to lose approximately $160,000 worth of funding from the State of Georgia, as well as to the software provided free of charge to check books in and out, the opportunity for its internet to be provided free of charge and other logistical issues.

The gathering was held around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, before the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners held their called meeting. The message from the library supporters was clear: fund the library and keep all of its branches open.