Laurel Jones County Library asking for additional funding

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Director of the libraries for Jones County Mary Louise Breland said they need to hire some additional specialized people. Breland said a rate of pay for a reference librarian is much higher than a clerk.

The Friends of the Laurel Jones County Library System hosted an appreciation breakfast for all elected officials in the area Thursday to not only say thank you but to also express their concerns and needs.

"We need some specialized people as Common Core takes effect, people are going to be writing more papers, need more assistance in research and that kind of thing," said Breland. "We're going to need some additional staff, for that we need additional funding and we also need to maintain the staff that is trained so well here."

Breland said the libraries get some funding from the state, but it's insignificant compared to the local funding they receive.

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