The festival will continue under new management.
An argument can be made that MultiFest can operate at the same level with less money.
Perhaps some of the money that was previously embezzled each year could be used to hold the book festival.
That's a decision donors would have to make.
While some people want to blame the library's cuts on Pete Thaw, the penny-pinching president of the Kanawha County Board of Education, the fact is the library system drafted off the school system for what lately amounted to $3 million a year under a state law that dated to the 1950s.
It is time the library system trusted voters and made its case for funding directly to taxpayers. A well-run book festival would help make that case.
The local library's woes are symbolic of a nation whose government is, in the words of Herman Cain, run by crazy people.
That $22,600 router that serves one lone computer at the branch in Marmet drew congressional attention as an example of money wasted in the $787 billion stimulus in 2009 - which by the way failed to save the economy.
The Marmet branch of the library is open only three days a week.
The nation can find the money to buy a lot of gadgets that a library does not need, but it cannot find a way keep the library open more than 22 hours a week.
Small wonder taxpayers are so disgusted with the government.
Surber's email is donsur...@dailymail.com.