MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon residents overwhelmingly approved a plan Tuesday to create its own library budget.

The city could no longer afford to fund the library, so thousands voted to keep it open by creating its own budget paid for by taxpayers.

Library Director Carolyn Karwoski says that without the public's approval, the library most likely would have been forced to close. 

The budget will enable the 110-year-old library to obtain more books and computers.  It will also eventually be open on Sundays.