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Pequot Lakes council votes not to have city library become KRLS branch

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 3, voted not to have the city’s community library become a branch of the Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS).

The city’s Library Board made that recommendation, preferring to remain an affiliate KRLS library, rather than a full-fledged branch library.

Crosslake also is an affiliate KRLS library. The affiliate libraries receive funds for materials and book delivery through the KRLS. In September, the KRLS Board decided to provide the Pequot Lakes and Crosslake libraries with $5,000 in materials funding in 2014.

Deliberations have been ongoing regarding whether Pequot Lakes or Crosslake should become KRLS branches. Currently, Crow Wing County has just one KRLS branch library, the Brainerd Public Library.

After doing research and having discussion, the Pequot Lakes Library Board said local control would be lost as a KRLS branch library, the city would incur costs and library hours would be reduced.

Council member Tyler Gardner was absent from the Dec. 3 meeting.