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Library board to be dissolved

At the end of the month there will no longer be a Sunnyside Library Board.

The board, which has provided countless items the library staff wouldn't otherwise be able to purchase for the facility and has acted as a voice to the city on behalf of library services, will be disbanded as control of the library is turned over to the Yakima Regional Library system. Rather than a board, a Friends of the Library group will continue to provide the little extras that assist the library.

According to Sunnyside Librarian Kay Saunders, the library board has donated puzzles, books, tape sets, a small sofa, floor cushions and carpet cleaning in the meeting room over the years.

The board was also able to pay for hookup and a telephone connection for the first computer in the library when city funds were not available, she said.

"The board has been ushering the Sunnyside Library into the 21st century," she added.

The money to pay for the extras has come from book sales held by the board.

One of the most impressive gifts to the library was a die cut, which cost about $400, said Saunders, adding that the board comes up with a couple hundred dollars every year to add to the collection of wood and foam dies used to cut shapes and letters from paper for bulletin boards.

Saunders added that the board has been advocates for the library for a trash can, bicycle rack and new carpeting in the library.

As of Dec. 31, the library board will no longer exist and rather, the hope is the "Friends" group will pick up where the library board left off.

"I certainly think patrons of the library is where we should look for Friends of the Library," said board member Cloe Garrison.

Amy Ravenholt, deputy director and human resource manager for the Yakima Regional Library, said the library needs friends, people in the community who know about their library and who will talk to their neighbors about the library.

Although the priorities of the friends group won't be determined until next month, Don Wade and Stan Snow volunteered to continue with the weekly book sales through January. The sales are held every Thursday, but will not be held Dec. 23 or 30.

The last Library Board meeting will be held Jan. 11, at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held to dissolve the library board and to incorporate the Friends of the Library group. All who are interested in helping the library are invited to attend.

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