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Llano County library supporters declare victory as officials decide not to close all branches

Llano County commissioners had considered closing the three libraries in response to a ruling from a federal judge who ordered banned books returned to the shelves.

Amanda Starkes and her mother Brenda embrace Suzette Baker after the announcement that the Llano Public library will remain open outside the Llano County Sheriffs office on Thursday, April 13, 2023. Baker and Starke were both terminated from the library branch in Kingsland. The county ruled that the library will remain open after a vote on whether or not to close it due to disagreements over book banning. (Sergio Flores for the Texas Tribune)

A resident listens to a livestream of a public meeting about closing the public library outside the Llano County Sheriffs office on Thursday, April 13, 2023. The county ruled that the library will remain open after a vote on whether or not to close it due to disagreements over book banning. (Sergio Flores for the Texas Tribune)
Residents gather outside the Llano County Sheriffs office on Thursday, April 13, 2023. The county ruled that the library will remain open after a vote on whether or not to close it due to disagreements over book banning. (Sergio Flores for the Texas Tribune)
Protestors outside the Llano County Sheriffs office on Thursday, April 13, 2023. The county ruled that the library will remain open after a vote on whether or not to close it due to disagreements over book banning.
Residents gather outside the Llano County Sheriffs office on Thursday, April 13, 2023. The county ruled that the library will remain open after a vote on whether or not to close it due to disagreements over book banning. (Sergio Flores for the Texas Tribune)

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