Largest library closure in U.S. looms

the San Francisco Chronicle Reports on sad news in Jackson County in southern Oregon. The 15 libraries serving this rural forest community lost $7 million in federal funding this year — nearly 80 percent of the system’s budget. All 15 branches are to shut April 7th, in what’s being called the largest library shutdown in the United States. The crisis in southern Oregon can be traced not only to changing funding priorities on Capitol Hill, but also to crooked railroad deals in the Wild West, a spotted owl and a shrinking timber harvest.

The Chronicle’s Meredith May was there, and she spoke with a number of children to hear what they think about losing their library. You can listen to that Here as a podcast.