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The Chapin Memorial Library faces challenges

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Chapin Memorial Library in downtown Myrtle Beach is aging and in need of renovations. City Council members are considering three options to accomplish this over the next few years.

According to councilman Phil Render, the city can refurbish the current facility, build a new one, or team up with the county to have a joint facility. “This is a city and county resource that we simply need to get up to date,” says Render. “It's not a question of if we are going to put resources into our library, it's when."

The public library has an operating budget of $1.2 million in order to keep librarians on staff and take care of all the books, e-book, and other materials.

Most libraries across the nation and in the state of South Carolina are run by counties. The Horry County system has ten libraries. But Render says the city of Myrtle Beach is unique, because the Chapin Memorial Library is the only city-operated library in the state of South Carolina. Since it is so independent, it has the luxury of catering programs and resources specifically to what you're asking for.

"The old saying goes, that our librarians taught us: You cannot read without learning. And you cannot learn without reading,” says Render. “So we are all as a body on the Myrtle Beach city council advocates of reading and literacy in our area."

Councilman Render is encouraging you to call your city council members and voice your concerns, one way or the other, about what you think needs to be done for the library.

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