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“Ballin’ On A Budget:” How A Miami Teacher Keeps His Library Stocked

“Miami Northwestern High School teacher Daniel Dickey says there’s no silver bullet or secret book which will spark a student’s interest in reading. Instead, he says he asks questions and listens. “I sit down with that student and really figure out what is it that drives you?” Dickey says. “Why do you come to school? Why are you here every day?” He asks them about their plans, their dreams.” (via StateImpact Florida)

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Raise library tax, advocates tell Miami-Dade Commission

“Library advocates urged Miami-Dade commissioners Wednesday to raise the tax money needed to avoid steep cuts at the county’s library system, and to ignore Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s call for a summer referendum on library funding. “Don’t let dismantling the library system be your legacy,” Miami resident Maggie Fernandez told commissioners during a finance hearing largely devoted to the library system’s looming $20 million budget gap.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Arts, library advocates push for higher taxes in Miami-Dade

“With Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez floating the idea of a property-tax hike, groups that could benefit from the new dollars are urging him to take the hint and run with it.Gimenez revealed last month he would consider raising taxes to fund libraries, parks and cultural institutions if voters first endorsed the idea in a straw poll this summer. Now advocates for those causes are putting pressure on the mayor to follow through on his trial balloon and pursue the tax increase.” (via MiamiHerald.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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Task force begins to tackle how to fund, operate Miami-Dade libraries

“The campaign to save Miami-Dade County’s public libraries from closure and downsizing, which lost some of its urgency when the county found money to fund the system for one more year, will rev up again — this time, for the long haul. A task force convened by Mayor Carlos Gimenez will meet for the first time Wednesday. Its goal: to find a way for the beleaguered public library system to survive in a time of digital books and shrinking county budgets.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Miami-Dade mayor unveils task force to study future of public libraries

“Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration has come up with a task force and a timeline to tackle challenges faced by the county’s cash-strapped public libraries. County commissioners were able to save the libraries from significant budget cuts this summer by finding money to keep them afloat one more year. But by next year, the library system faces a projected $21 million hole, Gimenez said in a memo late Tuesday.” (via Miami Herald)

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One-year reprieve for Miami-Dade libraries means cuts may still loom

“Miami-Dade commissioners unexpectedly granted libraries a one-year reprieve Wednesday, though painful cutbacks will loom over the system unless the county comes up with a long-term plan for to fund it. By raiding one-time reserves to avoid scaling back library hours and laying off 169 workers, the commission put off making a difficult choice between cutting services or raising the property-tax rate, saying it hopes to find a middle path over the next few months.” (via Miami Herald)

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Miami-Dade will raid reserves to avoid library layoffs, maintain hours

“In a surprise last-minute move, Miami-Dade commissioners decided in the wee hours Wednesday morning to raid rainy-day reserves to avoid laying off 169 library workers and slashing library hours in the coming budget year. Though the action will save the jobs of employees who turned out in force to a public hearing that began Tuesday afternoon, it will create a whopping $20 million budget hole next year to fund the county’s 49 public libraries at the same level as this year.” (via Miami Herald)

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Library Workers Protest Possible Miami-Dade Layoffs

“Nearly a dozen Miami-Dade library workers protested looming layoffs Sunday. They gathered in front of the Kendall library with signs calling attention to proposed budget cuts. The cuts could leave nearly 200 library workers out of a job and four libraries closed.” (via CBS Miami)

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