This post is a little overdue (no pun intended) BUT, in case you hadn't yet heard, I wanted to write a quick note and say for the record that once again, NYC libraries have avoided budgetary disaster for the fiscal year. In other words, there will be NO library closures, cuts, or layoffs!
Here are some details, straight from the City Council:
"The FY 2014 Adopted Budget provides $106 million in funding to ensure that New York City’s three public library systems continue to provide the full range of important services to New Yorkers – from reading and research, to after-school programs and literacy classes, to acting as a community center. Libraries strengthen neighborhoods and enhance the educational and cultural lives of New Yorkers."
It's pretty amazing that they aren't cutting ANYTHING. Let's hope that this marks the start of a pro-library trend in the city. (This doesn't mean that cuts won't happen in the near future, and we'll be talking about the issue of baseline funding soon. But for now, we celebrate.)
I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who signed petitions, tweeted, Facebooked, blogged, called 311, and otherwise supported NYC libraries during this budget season. It's always a tough time, but knowing that people are there with you in the fight is SO important in terms of advocate morale. Thank you again.
Onward, upward, and libraryward!