Milwaukee Bookmobile Faces Axe As City Struggles With Budget

The Milwaukee Public Library is staring down reduced hours and elimination of its bookmobile service as the Wisconsin city struggles with budgetary concerns. Also facing the axe are firefighting staffing levels and graffiti abatement. The Central Library would close early one evening a week as part of the saving measures.

The bookmobile itself was funded in the past through with federal block grant money. But a $2 million cut in the money the city received this year means the service will, most likely, be eliminated. The Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett hopes that a company or other group would sponsor the Bookmobile.