Hundreds of residents in this Oregon county rallied together to keep their libraries open

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The public libraries in Douglas County, Oregon, should be closed, but dedicated volunteers are ensuring that they keep their doors open.

This is a logging area, and due to dwindling federal timber revenues, the county asked voters last year to approve a small tax initiative that would have funded the libraries. It didn't pass, and branches slowly started to close. Book lovers of all ages brainstormed ways to keep the libraries open, and they decided to volunteer their time and skills in any way possible — some are there to check books in and out, and others are updating branch websites. "It's very heartening to see so many people turn out to preserve something that is so very good for this community," volunteer and author Robert Leo Heilman told The Oregonian.

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