From the New York Daily News:
This is the stark nonfiction message public library officials will deliver to the City Council today: sharply reduced hours, slashed free learning programs and a half-million fewer new books . . .
They\'re trying to stave off or reduce the proposed cuts in the face of a $5 billion city budget deficit that the mayor says will mean a sharp ax for many services, including sanitation and education.
\"We\'re not a frill, we are an essential service, and more than 30,000 children visit our libraries every day,\" said Paul LeClerc, president of the New York Public Library . . .