Sunday, June 3, 2012
Libraries in danger again
From DNA Info:
The book might be closing on the Queens Library system.
More than 100 residents and elected officials rallied against a series of "devastating" cuts proposed in the Bloomberg administration’s budget for fiscal year 2013 that would shutter nearly a third of the library's 62 branches and leave the borough with only one branch open on Saturdays, library representatives said.
If the cuts are enacted, the Queens Library stands to lose $26.7 million next fiscal year — about 31 percent less than the budget for fiscal year 2012 and 42 percent less than 2008.
“If this budget comes to pass, the consequences will be devastating across the entire system,” said Joanne King, communication director for the Queens Library system. “Every library in the borough will be affected.”
Representatives for the library said the cuts would bring reductions in library services to unthinkable levels.
Apart from 18 libraries that would close in the borough, 30 other Queens branches would have to close four or five days per week.
No branch in Queens would be open on Sundays, and only one would serve residents on Saturdays, according to library officials.
Right now, all of the branches are open at least five days a week, and 18 of them are also open on Saturday. The central library in Jamaica is open on Sundays, as well.