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Dallas’ Libraries, Among the Nation’s Worst Funded, May Actually Get Some More Moneyr

“On Wednesday, book lovers from across the city showed up in force at the Dallas City Council meeting. It was the first time council members were able to throw amendments at the proposed city budget for the next fiscal year. And supporters of Dallas Public Libraries wanted them to carefully consider the library budget in their decision-making. After half a decade of budget cuts, Dallas’ library system has some of the most limited operation hours of any city library system in the country. It catching up to do if it is to restore competitive hours — that is, more than 40 hours per week — and standard facility operations. This last fiscal year, the City of Dallas spent $18.29 per person on its libraries. Houston spent $18.26. Houston’s is the worst funded library system in the country. Dallas’ is the second-worst.” (via Dallas Observer)

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Missouri libraries struggle to stay open

“Could public libraries be a thing of the past in Missouri?    Lawmakers are battling whether or not to with hold more than $6 million from the public library budget, and local libraries are already seeing an impact. Canton Library officials say roughly 60 people come into the library every day, mostly for the free internet access.  Because of state cuts, internet costs rose almost 600 percent for the Canton library, which is forcing the library to consider all its options.” (via WGEM)

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Omaha’s proposed budget would cut funding for libraries

“If you’ve been patiently waiting for a library copy of a best-seller like “The Fault in Our Stars,” the City of Omaha’s proposed budget for next year might come with some bad news. The plan headed to the City Council for a public hearing Tuesday comes with a cut for the city’s libraries; the department’s $13.1 million budget is down about 5 percent from last year. To avoid cutting staff or library hours, officials have plans to reduce the library’s materials budget — which means fewer opportunities to buy new books, e-books, DVDs and other materials, and longer wait times for some of the most popular titles.” (via Omaha.com)

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Pennsylvania libraries feeling pressures of continued funding cuts

“Pennsylvania’s public libraries endured the pain of the funding ax in recent years, cutting back on staff, services, new book purchases and hours of operation. In Washington County, the situation is about to become more dire — one community’s library might have to close altogether. Citizens and Chartiers-Houston libraries, two Washington County libraries that rely on school districts for a portion of their funding, learned in recent weeks that the districts — Trinity Area and Chartiers-Houston — will eliminate their appropriations to the libraries due to budget constraints. The news comes in a year when the state public library subsidy, a portion of the education budget, has fallen to $53.5 million from $75.1 million in 2008-09.” (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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Libraries see light after years of cuts

“When Louisiana eliminated state aid to public libraries in 2012, Mary Bennett Lindsey had one thought: “How are we ever going to keep those computers going?” Lindsey is director of the rural Audubon Regional Library _ three small branch libraries and a 10-year-old bookmobile that serve 30,000 residents of two parishes about an hour’s drive north of Baton Rouge. The cut in state aid meant Audubon Regional lost $50,000, or 10 percent, of its annual budget. “I went down to the legislature and said we needed the money put back,” Lindsey said. At the budget hearing, though, all she heard were other stories of desperate need for state funds.” (via ABC15 Arizona)

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Stacks of problems: New N.O. libraries quickly in financial peril

“All is not as it seems in the New Orleans Public Library system. Five gleaming new libraries — central to the recovery of neighborhoods like Broadmoor, Lakeview and eastern New Orleans — have been a big hit since reopening in 2011 and 2012. But the libraries have been so costly to operate that the system has blown through a $12 million reserve fund in about three years, mostly to handle the expanded staffing costs. A dedicated tax millage that hasn’t increased since 1986 — and was rolled back after Hurricane Katrina — no longer raises enough money to cover the system’s personnel costs.” (via wwltv.com)

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Library cuts are forcing tough decisions on children’s books in Miami-Dade

“Third graders love reading about Lulu and her habit of adopting strays, be it a duck in a park or a cat in a bag. The fictional seven-year-old’s strong following made her latest adventure, “Lulu and the Dog by the Sea,” an easy pick for Elizabeth Pearson, head of children’s titles for the Miami-Dade library system. Then came the tough decision: Which libraries wouldn’t get the popular book?” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Mayor to Miami-Dade libraries: get more efficient to receive more money

“With Miami-Dade libraries facing a budget crisis, Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Friday called for the system to trim spending more than the 25 percent cut sustained in the last four years. “I don’t think we’re as efficient as we could be,’’ Gimenez told members of a task force he appointed to recommend changes to the library system. “If we had all the funding in the world, we’d still need to be as efficient as possible.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Guest essay: Give New York’s libraries their due

“New York state library advocates from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point are not happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 4.7 percent cut to library aid for the 2014-15 fiscal year. This proposal is particularly troublesome, highlighted by the fact that he is also proposing significant new tax cuts for wealthy New Yorkers and at the same time, boasting about New York state operating at a surplus.No explanation was provided by the governor’s office for this undeserved reduction in library aid.” (via Democrat and Chronicle)

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Arizona Librarians Warn That Libraries Would Be Hit Hard by Proposed Legislation

“Members of the state library association, county governments, and library districts around the state are warning about proposed legislation they say could gut library funding statewide. House Bill 2379, proposed by Republican Representative Justin Olson, would put a cap on the taxing capabilities of “special districts” around the state, which includes county library districts. Whereas counties have property-tax levy limits, the special districts don’t have similar caps, under state law. HB 2379 would make the special districts follow the same guidelines.” (via Phoenix New Times)

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