NorthJersey.com – “Public library officials say many expansion projects in coming years may be put off because it will be difficult to accumulate savings under the impact of a fiscal-austerity law affecting library budgets. Governor Christie last year signed a law that compels library boards to return money to the municipal general fund if it is above 20 percent of the operating expenditures and not earmarked for construction or renovations. Unless libraries have a formal strategic plan in place, the law prevents them from putting away money just in the expectation that capital programs will some day be needed, said Patricia Tumulty, executive director of the New Jersey Library Association.”
AP – “The latest blow to the downtrodden city of Camden, N.J., is the closure of its downtown branch of the public library. The main branch of the Camden Free Public Library is closing its doors Thursday. It’s a victim of the same budget crisis that resulted in layoffs last month of nearly 400 city government employees, including almost half the police department and one-third of the firefighters.”
NJ Star Ledger – “Orange officials have known for decades that the city’s public library, the oldest in Essex County, has lead paint on its walls. But a complaint that the paint is disintegrating moved the city to inspect the building and threaten the library with closure. In a letter Wednesday, Orange health inspector Vincent DeFilippo said he received a call about lead paint on the building’s walls. The letter, addressed to the library’s executive director Doris Walker, said that he found areas of defective paint, and if they are not abated within two weeks he may shut down the building.”
Asbury Park Press – Libraries fighting legislation to give surpluses back to towns they’re in
Thanks Uncle Larry!