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Chicago’s neighborhood libraries in a bind

Chicago Journal – “All but one table was occupied at the Roosevelt branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1101 S. Taylor St., on Monday as patrons leafed through books and newspapers and accessed free public Wi-Fi. Two front desk librarians handled patron requests as well as carts of unshelved books and CDs. At 3 p.m., a wave of students arrived, filling up one first floor reading room. Library use is up across the country due to hard economic times. Yet these hard times have led to major cuts at Chicago’s libraries, outlined in the municipal budget that passed City Council Nov. 16. The libraries will see almost 200 layoffs and reduced hours at 77 of 79 branch libraries.”

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