Saturday, April 24, 2010

Des Plaines Public Library Retains Bookmobile Service

Link to April 23 Daily Herald article, "Des Plaines Library bookmobile will keep on driving at least to 2011".

Excerpt: The library board had been considering whether to discontinue the service during 2010 budget discussions last fall after calls from city officials to scale back library expenses.

"When we went to review and see where we could cut things out, that was one of the ideas that was presented as a cost-saving measure," said Holly Sorensen, assistant library director.

However, cuts were made in other areas, including capping merit-based pay increases at 2.75 percent, to bring the total library budget to $6.6 million, down from $7.2 million in 2009. The bookmobile was spared so that library officials could study the impact of the service further.

This week, the library board voted 8-1 to keep the bookmobile running until 2011. Officials will likely revisit the issue during 2011 budget discussions in September

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