Funding cuts to libraries would be ‘devastating’

“A 50 percent cut in state aid to public libraries could mean shorter hours to browse for books, fewer new books on the shelves, an end to children’s story times and staff cutbacks at area libraries.”

“Bethlehem Area Public Library stands to lose $370,000, 14 percent of its $2.6 million budget, under Gov. Ed Rendell’s proposed budget.”

”This is devastating to every library in Pennsylvania,” said Jack Berk, executive director of the Bethlehem library. ”We’re all crying about the proposed budget cuts.” (from The Morning Call)