New Jersey Libraries in Jeopordy

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Another case of library services threatened to be cut just when people really need us the most…

In Newark, the library system may lose $1.2 million of the $12 million its gets from the city. As a result, the Roseville branch may close while the Branch Brook and Clinton branches face cuts in operation.

In Madison, officials have “begun the difficult process of re-examining all aspects” of the library’s operation. Library closings are being considered in Bridgeton and Bayonne.

In Trenton, financial help from the state prevented four neighborhood branches from closing. However, those branches agreed to cut hours, lay off workers and trim their budgets by 10 percent.

The information above came from an article published this week in NJ’s The Star-Ledger. Read it here. What can you do? Make sure your Mayor and Council are on the side of your library. Visit the web page of the New Jersey Library Association.

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