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CHARLESTON -

Deep cuts may be necessary at the Kanawha County Public Library after a recent decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Library director Alan Englebert said they stand to lose a large chunk of their revenue. If they are not able to find a way to get additional money Englebert said cuts may be unavoidable.

The move comes after a decision from the West Virginia Supreme Court in favor of the Kanawha County School Board.

The library and the school board have been battling for years. The school board was unhappy about having to give millions each year to the library. This recent decision means the board won't have to pay the library.

Englebert said the decision could cost the library nearly half of their budget. If they aren't able to find a way to get the money he says it may force the library to layoff employees, close branches, reduce hours or cut salaries.

Members of the library's mall book club said they hate to see any programs cut. The group meets at Panera Bread at the Charleston Town Center Mall to discuss books.

"It is a creative outlet for a lot of people in terms of reading," said book club member Vivian Taylor. "The library has a variety of programs."

The library director said they are planning to talk to the school board to see if they will provide the funding voluntarily despite the court decision. They are also planning to ask the legislature for help.