Saturday, October 23, 2010

Now There Appears to be Money to Keep Trenton's Branches Open

Link to October 22 article, "Book it: Trenton says four libraries to reopen".

Excerpt:   City officials said yesterday enough money has been budgeted to reopen the four shuttered branches of the Trenton Free Public Library.

The admission comes one day after the library’s director said the four branches would be vacated and turned back over to the city by Nov. 1 because the city had not confirmed its intentions to provide enough money to maintain them. Only the main branch on Academy Street has been open since September.

In an e-mail sent Tuesday to library director Kimberly Matthews, acting business administrator Andrew McCrosson said the library had been allocated $2,737,248 in the city’s fiscal year 2011 budget introduced last month.

Matthews said yesterday the plan to empty the shuttered branches of their books and equipment will not be reversed until the board hears from Mayor Tony Mack about the funding.

The city originally offered the library $2.1 million

Related articles:
Reprieve unlikely for 4 branches.  (10/22/2010)
Trenton Mayor, Library Director need unified vision & common agenda.  (9/12/2010)
Preserving Trenton's libraries.  (8/15/2010)
Board president laments closing of 4 branches.  (8/7/2010)

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