Despite hard times, Darby vows to save library

Philadelphia Inquirer: In Darby Borough, where the number of families living below the poverty line is twice the national average, a few dollars mean a lot.

Yet Darby officials, facing the possible closing of the historic library founded in 1743, say they are committed to keeping it open, even if taxes go up.

“The residents said that if we had to raise taxes, they would appreciate that we do,” Mayor Helen Thomas said. “Everybody wants to save the library.”

Still, in a community where industry crumbled long ago, officials aren’t sure how they’ll find the money. Library director Susan Borders said she hoped the township would fund the library with $50,000, about $5 per person, almost double the $2.70 per person it receives now through a dedicated real estate tax.

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