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Walton County Closing Flowersview Library

The Walton County Commission looked at saving $39,000 dollars by shutting down Flowersview Library.

The next closest library in the county is 30-miles away in Defuniak Springs.

The library is named in honor of Maria Milton’s mother, the late Gladys Milton, who was a prominent midwife for several decades.

In the predominantly poor area, the library offers use of computers and fax machines that are not ready available.

Maria says, "Supplies, salaries, internet access; the whole thing is well under $40,000 dollars. It’s inconceivable that they would close us down and the detriment it would cause to the community."

Folks in Flowersview say it's more than academics, books and internet. The library is really the centerpiece to the whole community.

Resident Bertha Williams said, "The county doesn't give us that much. This is important. We need this library."

"Books and reading, it's part of the soul. We need this library; without it we would shrivel up and die," said another resident, Shirley Moore McLaughlin.

Instead of closing the library, Mrs. Milton says the county needs to do improvements to the building.

The county has agreed to extend funding for the Flowersview Library for at least one more year.

There is s no word on any long-range plans.


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