From the Daily News:
The bad news keeps coming for the Queens Library.
The latest city budget cuts could end up shuttering 14 branches for good, and another 34 libraries may be open only two or three days a week.
And more than 300 employees were handed pink slips on Friday, preparing them for possible layoffs in August.
Mayor Bloomberg's latest budget calls for almost $17 million in cuts to the Queens Library. Those numbers, however, are contingent on negotiations with the City Council.
To make matters worse, the city isn't even sure how much money it has to restore until the overdue state budget is approved.
"Given the series of deep budget reductions over the past 18 months and the enormity of the new cuts on the table, we had no choice but to make the very difficult decision to issue 90-day layoff notifications to more than 300 employees," said Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante.
"These are the people who make libraries great in every Queens community," he said. "It would be a shame to lose them."