Library officials already decided in March to cancel the annual West Virginia Book Festival as part of cost-saving measures, in addition to closing branches on Sundays to cut back operation hours.
Engelbert said the budget was "very conservative" but that a slight increase in state government grants was helpful. Grants are provided to libraries on a per capita basis and will increase by 1.9 percent. The grant money will total $900,000.
The proposed budget does not allow salary increases. Engelbert said that because of the library's fragile future, he's "very concerned" about what effect staff turnover could have on the library.
"We're just hopeful that everyone says that they're sticking around and that we prevail in this election and everything's fine," he said.
If the levy passes, the library would receive $2.9 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
By its fifth and final year in 2019, the levy would bring in about $3.4 million for the library.
A special election will be held Nov. 9 in which voters will be given the choice to support the library in a combined vote with the Kanawha County school levy.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.