A town's library fight spotlights inequities

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

May 23, 2023

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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