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Good News from Cincinnati where a handful of Tristate political leaders want the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to close the book on the possibility of shutting down five of its branches.
Commissioner Todd Portune, Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and a handful of other elected officials Friday signed a declaration saying the library should not close five branches to help resolve a $4.3 million budget deficit.
Paul Coleman writes \"A reporter surveys the unexpected good news of library vitality (and ALA\'s PR office earns its keep!).
Full Story from the The Christian Science Monitor.\"
They say rather than lead to the demise of libraries, the World Wide Web may have turned out to be a their saving grace. The Internet is fueling an increase in library use which, in turn, has led to a library-construction and renovation boom.
Word From South Gloucestershire that Bookworms are being urged to buy their own library books.
They are being asked to sponsor a title to solve the problem of empty library shelves across the district. They can choose from a list of books up for sponsorship in libraries from £5 up to £25.
The Cincy Post is reporting Throughout Greater Cincinnati, folks are trying to figure out what they can do to keep libraries open. They say if people volunteered to do library yard work, and take over other services, such as janitorial work, they could save money and prevent threatened branch closures.
Do you love your library enough to clean a toilet? I know I do!
There\'s Also Been some rallys as well.
\"The library was instituted to provide access to materials free of charge,\" she said. \"This free of charge access is particularly important in neighborhoods that are not wealthy. If libraries have to be closed to save money, wouldn\'t it make more sense to take them away from people who already have a lot, instead of taking them away from people who don\'t have many resources?\"
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This Fun Story on some territorial issues on Long Island. It seems people from Smithtown can now check out books from the Commack Public Library. In 1984, they were banned from checking out anything after the library appealed to the state that Smithtown residents were overusing its resources.
Meanwhile, tensions remain between neighbors. Huntington residents grumbled words such as \"fear\" and \"ludicrous\" yesterday, while those in Smithtown grunted ones such as \"prejudice\" and \"pathetic.\"
SomeOne writes \"For once a local newspaper has stood up to the grandiose plans of local country-clubbers who want a $40 million new library. The Charleston Gazette wrote a sensible editorial advocating using existing structures, and staying in the downtown. The editorial writer is familiar with the disaster in San Francisco, and knows that library boards have no concern for patrons or staffs - just building corporate monuments. Hopefully the board will be stopped from repeating the SFPL disaster.
Full Story \"
The Orlando Sentinel has a column by local columnist David Porter who says The poor patronage at some public library branches suggests that many people in Orlando\'s black community are not reading. He says, that\'s tragic. Reading is the foundation upon which education is built. Those who don\'t read, or don\'t value reading, are doomed to failure.
Mary Huntsman writes \"There are only two counties in Kentucky currently without public libraries- McLean and Carter. A tax levy in Carter county failed last year, so a group of citizens got together to start a library at the Adult Education Center. The _Lexington Herald Leader_ ran a story today about their efforts. The Story is Here.\"
Charles Davis points out Washington Post Story that says library hours throughout the
District might be cut during
weekdays, and all but one library
would be closed Saturdays under a
plan that cuts $905,000 from the library budget.
Things are worse in Cinci, where Five library branches will be closed and improvements at others will be put on hold because of cutbacks in state funding. The closings will save $1.5 million annually. They are a response to not getting $4.3 million in state funding expected as part of the system\'s $52.5 million annual budget.
Cleveland County Memorial will be laying off workers, cutting hours and it\'ll stop buying new books.
I hate it when I focus on just negative stories, but they all made it in this morning at about the same time.
Steve Fesenmaier writes \" The Minneapolis Library Board wants to hire a non-librarian and pay much more to them for heading their new downtown library system. This will require the City Council to amend the city charter requirement. Why is it that in the Information Age so many library boards want to hire non-librarians? I think it\'s the ultimate effects of COMPUTERISM....
They say other large-city libraries hiring directors are offering salaries substantially above the state limit, as high as $200,000.