Pullman Public Library seeking volunteers to help offset budget cuts

PULLMAN, WA - Pullman's budget cuts have been tough on all of the city's departments, and the Neill Public Library is turning to the community for help.

The library has cut about $71,000 from its 2013 budget, which has forced them to cut back on everything, including their hours and programming. Director Joanna Bailey said that there has never been a better time than now to volunteer at the library.

"There are thing that the librarians have worked their best to try and attend to, but because of the staffing cuts, they have been back-burnered," said Bailey. "And so we're now in the process of looking to our community to help."

Volunteers can sign up for a wide variety of projects, such as cleaning up picture books or creating artistic window displays. There isn't a minimum amount of time that volunteers have to commit to, but you must be at least 16-years-old to sign up. There are two volunteer trainings coming up. One is Saturday November 10th and the second is on Thursday, November 15th. Both are at 2:00 p.m. in the Neill Public Library.