I'm a little late in posting this information - it's been a busy couple of weeks with summer reading and reviewing and confiscating vevuzelas from kids in the library (true story) - but we got some pretty good news regarding the library budget: as of now, there will no library closures and no layoffs. This IS good news, and it's a huge relief.
In a fun turn of events, The Village Voice followed up on their blog post about MY blog post about "Tara," the kid who wrote the awesome and vaguely threatening postcards to Mayor Bloomberg. The very nice Village Voice blogger thought it would be fun to get a follow-up quote from "Tara," so I talked to her the next time I saw her in the library. Here was my response as it appeared in the Village Voice's post:
I saw Tara as she walked up the stairs to the children's floor. She was eating Doritos and staring intently at her Nintendo DS (or whatever the kids are playing these days). I went up to her and said, excitedly, "Hey, remember those postcards you wrote?" Tara looked at me blankly and chomped on a Dorito. "Huh?" She said. "You know, about the library budget being cut?" "Oh...yeah," she said, looking down at her DS.