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October 12, 2012
Galt residents come together to reopen school libraries

Community members sold cookies, held a spaghetti feed and donated household items for a giant rummage sale to help raise the money to reopen all six libraries in the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District.

The libraries were closed at the end of last school year to help address a $4 million budget shortfall.

The town's residents raised over $27,000 so far - enough to keep the libraries open until the Christmas break, said Superintendent Karen Schauer.

"This has really captured the hearts of the people here in our community," said Leesa Klotz, chairperson of the community committee that formed shortly after the meeting to raise money for the libraries.

The committee will continue to work to raise the $50,000 needed to keep the libraries open through the school year.

The school district will celebrate the re-opening of its libraries at a ceremony at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Marengo Ranch Elementary, 1000 Elk Hills Drive in Galt.

For more information about fundraising efforts, email wecansavethelibraries@hotmail.com or go to the Save Galt Elementary Libraries page on Facebook.

Read more about how the people of Galt saved their libraries in Saturday's Bee.

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About Report Card

Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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