Though Philadelphia's public library services recently landed on the chopping block, the city's public school students have watched school library services dwindle for years. Today, more than half of the district's 281 schools have no library staff. In one region, it's up to 78 percent. It's a worsening problem. At one point, every one of the 200-plus city schools had a library and a librarian. By 1991, the number of librarians had dropped to 176. Now, there are only 77. "We're very concerned about a lot of our libraries," said Lois McGee, who as the district's new director of integrated instruction is the point person for libraries. "We don't know what condition the libraries are in right now."
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