JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Patmos Library in Jamestown Township, south of Hudsonville, is in danger of closing following Tuesday’s failed library millage renewal.
According to Larry Walton, the library’s Board of Trustees president, a small group has protested outside of the library’s doors and during board meetings regarding books that cover LGBTQ issues.
“We’ve made it known that here at our facility, we have approximately 90 pieces of material that could be relative to LGBTQ out of a total of 67,000,” Walton said.
That’s .001% of the library’s book offerings.
The library’s 2023 budget was hugely dependent on the millage passing. Walton said it now has to work on supplementing roughly 85% of its budget, or $200,000, to stay open.