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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ouch, my poor library!

Just found out my poor local library (Charlotte & Mecklenburg County) had their budget slashed by $2 Million last night (that's for the current year, not next year) which means 140 people will be laid off and 12 branches will be closed. This is after a $4 Million budget reduction since January 2009. While I personally am not a library frequenter as I get so many books elsewhere, my very, very first job in the book biz was at my college library, I have volunteered at the library back home when I (very briefly) didn't work with books, and I volunteered at this library for 4 years when I first moved to NC.

I just donated through the easiest donation website ever, as this just hurts my heart. I spent so many wonderful hours at the library as a child, it introduced me to so many wonderful authors and ideas, and I can't imagine a world without libraries. I'm sure many libraries are going through this same crisis around the country but it always hurts most when it hits home.

4 comments:

Connie said...

Oh no! I'm headed over to the link now, to see what I can do. I hope they find a way!

Juanita said...

Oh, wow! I used to live in NC, and that just breaks my heart. Heading to the link and calling everyone I know...

Stacy said...

thank you for the link. i'm always looking for worthy sites to donate to and if the library isn't one then i just don't know what is....you are so right, it does hurt when it's close to home! when will this bleeding END!!!!

Jennifer G. said...

Wow, I'm in NC, and if my library system has cut back somehow, I haven't noticed. I'm going to check out your link now.