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Libraries torn as public need soars, public funding tightens

LoHud – “Libraries in the Lower Hudson Valley are being squeezed by increased demand for the no-charge information and cultural services they offer at the same time their expenses are rising and their funding is in serious jeopardy. The 63 public libraries in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties spent a combined $103 million in public money to run their operations in 2009, a 6 percent increase from 2007. And while spending is up, it has not kept pace with demand. The number of people using Lower Hudson Valley libraries rose 9 percent from 2007 to 2009.”

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