From the Daily News:
The citywide budget battle to restore library funding across the five boroughs has a special urgency in Queens, where more than 200 employees could lose their jobs.
Queens Library is the only one of the city's three public library systems that has sent pink slips to its employees.
Library CEO Thomas Galante said this year is the "most difficult budget challenge in its history."
"The city's executive budget calls for a cut of $25.3 million on July 1," he said in a statement. "Given the severity of the proposed reductions, I had no choice but to issue 90-day layoff notices, which would become effective if funding is not fully restored when the city adopts its budget for [fiscal year 2012]."
The notices were issued to 234 librarians, clerks, custodians and other unionized workers earlier this month.
The Bloomberg administration and the City Council are currently hashing out a budget plan. Library officials and employees from all three systems, which include the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library, have mounted an aggressive lobbying effort to get funds restored.
Along with layoffs, the library would be forced to slash hours of service and shutter some branches if funding is not restored.