A plan to convert a library building in the farming town of McFarland in the Central Valley into a police station sparked widespread protest.
Kern County recently expanded the library’s hours to open five days a week. Yet the city leaders of McFarland are doubling down, saying the police need the library building to meet the town’s public safety needs.
At the heart of this debate: What is the role of a library? Who does it serve?
- Andie Sullivan, Director, Kern County Library
- Emma Gallegos, Reporter, EdSource
Read more from EdSource:
- Once again, McFarland city leaders lobby the county to turn its library into a police station
- Cities and towns across California only get the libraries they can afford
- Amid community pressure, county blocks McFarland’s plan to convert library into a police station
- A small town in Kern County contemplates turning its community library into a police station
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