"I don't know if anybody on [City] Council wants to go to court to try to stop that. We support the library, but they've got some real problems right now, and I don't know how we're going to solve them," he said.
The mayor said he doesn't have a problem continuing to contribute to library services, but providing any more money would be an issue.
"I don't plan any changes in what we give right now, and we'll certainly keep up the status quo," Jones said. "But, if it's tampered with at this end by anybody that wants us to give more, I would say that would fire up some people."
Carper said "the law is the law," but he had already reached out to library officials by Monday afternoon.
At a time when statewide education reform is at the forefront, the loss of library services could hit students hard.
"We've recognized the serious problem with education in the state, and one of the cornerstones of [Governor Tomblin's] initiative is the known failure rate if children aren't reading at grade level, and the damage it can cause for life. That's putting it mildly," he said. "If this is about money, what's cheaper: to teach our children how to read so that we have an educated work force, or to do stuff like this?"
The Kanawha County Public Library's board of directors will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the library's John V. Ray Room to consider possible solutions to last week's decision.
"We need to deal with the aftermath," Kanawha County Public Library Director Alan Engelbert said. "Boards of education voluntarily provide funding to libraries in almost every county in the state. It's not always a huge amount, but it's something.
"We'll be talking to any funding authorities and options that remain. While the school board under the ruling is no longer mandated to provide funding to the library legally, it can voluntarily. And it's certainly our intention to explore that."
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