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Washington County Library administrators said last week that demand for the public library's Internet and computer resources has increased, in large part because of a growing number of job seekers. (Bulletin photo by Jon Avise)

As economy worsens, area libraries gain patrons

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A year ago, Jerry Rybold might have shelled out for that new book or classic blues album without thinking twice.

But Thursday afternoon, the St. Paul Park man headed straight from work to the Park Grove Branch of the Washington County Library System and spent some time leisurely thumbing through racks of CDs -- all priced just right, he said.

Free.

"That certainly helps right now," Rybold said.

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