Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Indianapolis Mayor Vows to Keep Library Branches Open

Link to May 12 Indianapolis Star article, "City vows to keep 6 libraries' doors open. Ballard pledges short-term fix but says long-term solution must be found".

Excerpt: The city pledged on Tuesday to keep open the six library branches that the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library has said could close because of budget constraints.

Exactly how the city would help is still uncertain, but leaders made it clear that coming up with a stopgap measure to avoid the closings is critical.

"The mayor is committed to keeping the libraries open until a long-term solution is found," said Robert Vane, deputy chief of staff and communications director for Mayor Greg Ballard. "But he is clear: A long-term solution must be found."

The city's promise comes a day after residents packed a public forum on a plan that library officials have floated to deal with a $3.2 million shortfall caused by property tax caps. Another forum is set for tonight
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Related articles:
Residents speak up for their libraries.  (5/11/2010)
The neighborhood library as refuge.  (5/2/2010)
Indianapolis Star editorial board keeps library funding issue front and center.  (4/25/2010)
Efficiency experts look for ways to keep branch libraries open.  (4/23/2010)
More than 1400 sign petition to keep Glendale branch open.  (4/20/2010)
Editorial:  Find resources for library.  (4/19/2010)
What's in store for Indianapolis-area libraries?  (4/17/2010)
Indiana Pacers bailout talks continue.  (4/16/2010)
Postscript.  (4/15/2010)
Look what's at the top of Indianapolis's to-do list.  (4/14/2010)
A Challenge to Indianapolis-Marion County:  Stand Up for Libraries.  (4/13/2010)
Library rally caps?  Get real, sez IndyStar editorial.  (4/12/2010)
Will Indianapolis rally for its libraries?  (4/12/2010)
Library considers branch closings.  (4/9/2010)

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