that is SO depressing. I mostly feel bad for the poor kids who will miss out on all of that education -especially inner-city!You'd think they could figure out a way to minimize expenses and work with volunteers for awhile and limited weekend & evening hours.
thanks for posting this link- I agree with AD it is depressing.
Depressing but probably inevitable. Public libraries are going to feel the pinch, and as they are often woefully underutilized by the general public, many don't even know where their local library is, that's where the cuts will be.I understand that the Philadelphia story is one of special circumstances, possibly politically motivated, but I suppose the message for the rest of us is, that if you want to keep your local library, use it and often.
The transition from print to digital may be strengthend by this kind of happening but it is probaly inevitable. There's a very interesting letter to the Editor in the New Yorker this week about the transition.
It is mind boggling and truly heartbreaking. Just think, you could take the annual bonus of one Wall Street exec, and easily fund the library for a year.