Fewer Library Hours Mean Less Help for Needy Kids
"Eliminating Sunday hours at most Queens Borough Public Library locations 18 months ago was bad enough. Now, city budget cuts have forced library officials to close 50 of their 63 libraries on Saturdays, too. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to protect the city's quality of life during fiscal crises, but if reducing opportunities for children to read doesn't qualify as an encroachment, nothing does."
"And the cuts affect more than library patrons. Fewer operating hours require fewer librarians and clerks, which will result in dozens of layoffs in coming weeks." (from Newsday)