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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sigh of Relief

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! 


  1. I wish we were so lucky - we've had cuts for several years running now in NZ.

  2. Awesome news! I emailed the mayor's website with my own story of how libraries helped me growing up. I'm thousands of miles from NYC, and I haven't visited a library in years (I tend to buy everything I want), but the local library was a very important part of my childhood.

  3. That's wonderful! All your passionate advocacy paid off.

  4. Hi, can i ask you something? You seem to know a lot about children books. The thing is, I’m looking for children books with “scary” animal illustrations like the big bad wolf (or a fox) eating pigs (or seven kids or Red Riding hood or birds in Chicken Little) or being pictured with a fat stomach. Could be any other animal as well. I need it for my research. Any sort of help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.