Monday, August 9, 2010

More Bad Library News from New Jersey

Link to August 9 Jersey Journal article, "Libraries face grim choices".

Excerpt:   Jersey City Library Director Priscilla Gardner is feverishly working on a plan to keep the library system alive.

With a 17.5 percent cut in state aid and $1.7 million less from Jersey City this year, things are looking grim.

The library laid off 36 part-time staff and security guards, and closed two branches during the last budget cycle in an effort to curb costs. The main branch on Jersey Avenue reduced its extended night hours from five days to two. But more cuts lay ahead.

"Now we're going to have to close branches, we're going to have to reduce more hours and we're going to have furlough days at the library just like the city is having furloughs," she said.

Gardner said city officials told her last week she will have $6 million to run the library's 10 branches. That's down from $7.7 million last year and far below the $8 million she requested

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