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A town's library fight spotlights inequities

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Library or police, a small town’s struggle puts a spotlight on library inequities across California

Above: Rafael Serna enjoys coming to the library with his children. He helps three of his children at the crafting table, while his daughter receives tutoring at a back table in the library.

Pressure to turn the McFarland library into a police station put a spotlight on the inequities statewide in community libraries which are locally funded.  While McFarland still has a library, its level of service is very low compared to other counties across California that put more funding into its libraries. This series shows those differences through on-site and reporting and data comparisons and analysis.


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