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Dover's Old Public Library Still Vacant

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The city of Dover replaced its 50 year old public library in September 2012 with a new $21-million building. The old library has been vacant now for more than a year.

Sidney Freeman, of Dover, comes to the new public library with his daughter about once a week.

"It's way better than the old library," he said. "The last one was decent. But this one is bigger. There's all sorts of stuff to do."

But a new building leaves an old building. Mayor Carleton Carey says it's been up for sale. But there haven't been any takers so far.

At this point city council is looking at creating a committee to study the building's future, as well as the future of a couple other city buildings.

Dover residents have suggestion for what the city could do with it.

"I think they should do something for after school for kids," said Destiny Martin. "So they have something to do. Maybe they could go in there, and go on the computers."

"You all could use that for some type of resource or something that could help the community," Rasoul Hanner said.

Freeman has a suggestion that doesn't even involve the building itself.

"If they don't need it, maybe they should just tear it down and put more parking or something. There's never any parking down here."

For now the library of Dover's past awaits a clear future. City council will look at creating the committee for this issue at Tuesday night's meeting in Dover.

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