Wren Public Library

WREN, Miss. (WCBI) – A lot has changed since the Wren Library was first established 57 years ago. The most recent change is the number of patrons.

My computer users were in the twenties, you know monthly, but now it has more than tripled.  They brought in the wireless and that has really drawn people in.”

While an increase in patrons is a good thing, it’s coming at a not-so-good time. State funding continues to get cut, leaving the Wren library in the red.

We’ve had to drop our newspaper, we’ve had to drop our magazines, and I have not been able to buy any books since May, because there’s just no funds there,” Wathen says.

Funded partially by the state and the rest through Monroe County, the 800 square-foot facility’s biggest expenses are the librarians’ salary, paper and printing supplies and internet fees, leaving nothing more to cut.

Though Wren is a small community a large number of its residents depend on the public library.

I come four days a week,” Patron, Crystal Strawhorn says. “I’m a student at ICC (Itawamba Community College) and I have four online classes that I do every day.”

Cyrstal is one of more than 200 Wren residents who use the library, and the computers aren’t the only things that attract them.

I have four children,” Strawhorn explains. “They read a lot, I read a lot, so you know, besides just doing my school work we come and check out books too. I read about 30 a month.”

It’s a convenience that many have grown to love and the thought of it no longer being available is almost unimaginable.

We don’t want to have to go to Amory everyday,” Strawhorn says. “You know, our kids, when I’m here, they can get off here and then I don’t have to worry about trying to rush home to be with them too. So it would hurt, it’d hurt a lot.”

The Wren Library Board is rallying the community in hopes of generating enough money to keep the library’s doors open.

The Wren Volunteer Fire Department will have it’s annual fish/chicken strip meal sale on Saturday, April 3, at the Wren Community Center. One dollar from each $8 plate will go to the Wren Library.

The library is also looking for donations of baked goods such as homemade bread, cakes, pies, candy and more to sell at the community center on April 3 to benefit the library. There will also be a book sale that day. Hours for the meals are noon to 7 p.m. The book sale and bake sale are from 9-5. To make cash donations to the library or donations of books or cakes for the sales, call the library at (662) 256-4957. Donations to the library are tax deductible and can be made to : Wren Library, 32655 Hwy. 45 N., Aberdeen, MS 39730.

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