Even as they voted unanimously Thursday to shutter half of their branches, trustees for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system held out hope that a wave of public support would keep $2 million in cuts from taking place April 3.
With the 12 closings will come 148 layoffs and the possibility of shorter hours at the remaining libraries... Reaction to the library closings has been swift, including a campaign unveiled by Friends of the Library during Thursday's meeting. The effort seeks to replace the $2 million in cuts through donations. It includes placing collection boxes at all library branches, and a donation link on the library system's Web site.