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Subject: I'm so SAD, ml Library might be Closeing!!!!
Date Posted: 6/24/2009 9:51 PM ET
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I live in Ohio and just heard that our Govner has proposed raiseing the budget cut from 30% to Over 50%. If that happens i've heard from a friend that is a librarian that most of the states libraries will close and my friend will lose her job. This is such a sad indicator of or country's troubles. Just had to vent, Sorry.

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 9:57 PM ET
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I spent many summers working in the HS library and loved it.  That really is a bad thing.  It will cut a lot of people off from their main source of books and many other materials.

 

I realize the economy sucks, but if they just trimmed the waste, there would be plenty of $$$'s, but greed wrecks everything and for some strange reason libraries are considered expendable.

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 10:06 PM ET
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you know another sad thing about this is that I just talked to my mother and she told me that congress or the senate I can't remember witch just voted to give themselves an 8% raise!

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 10:53 PM ET
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No wonder education in this country is on a 3rd world level. 

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 10:56 PM ET
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seems they'd just cut hours or something instead of completely closing. and it's WRONG with these government people getting all these raises...our salaries were frozen and our overtime cut way way back and we're still in danger with business very low. so I dunno. we have several branches - honestly probably more than really needed - but so far it's going strong but they librarian told me it's one of the fastest growing counties so guess that means it's ok for now.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 1:28 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/25/2009 5:15 AM ET
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Look, I support libraries - they are a good thing and add value to the community.  But times are tough and things are being cut all over; we can't expect our personal budgets to be cut to the bone and still have the government taxing us as though nothing is happening.  I've seen local companies negotiate 0% raises with their unions, others with increased cost to the employee for benefits, even cutting work week hours from 40 to 30-32 or take an across-the-board paycut of 5-10% just to keep people working.  Government receipts (income tax, sales tax, license fees, gas tax, etc.) are down; we are not the federal government (we can't print money) and we have a balanced budget constitution.  Where are they supposed to get the money? 

IMO, the libraries are calling panic in order to put pressure on Ohio to keep their funding up.  My local library system is supported half by the state library fund, half by local property taxes, and they anticipate losing about 12% of their overall budget with this proposed funding cut ... and yet they are threatening to close half of the libraries permanently and cut back service hours on all the rest.  How does that work?!? 12% revenue decrease and half of the services plus disappear?  Years ago when the library was going for a new tax levy, they cut back hours to 'show' the residents how bad they needed money.  Unfortunately, they cut back peak demand hours (they closed all libraries on Sunday), even though that is the busiest day for them.  Why not cut back a non-busy day (which ever one that turns out to be for each branch, not the system as a whole).  They accuse the governor of playing politics with their money; libraries are not immune from that game themselves. 

I do understand that a large portion of the libraries in Ohio are funded solely by this library fund; certainly they have cause for concern.  But provide what you can with what you have until we see better economic times. 

 

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 5:19 AM ET
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Ours is now closed on Fridays.  And everyday they are opening later.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 11:07 AM ET
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I've really never understood the hours public offices/facilities are open. the post office closes at 4:30 here and not open on weekends except for a few morning hours to pick up packages only...never mind the drivers license and other court-related stuff. the libraries here have the best hours but I think if they were gonna start cutting that they could do it by alternating days open - keep at least one open in the afternoon/evening, at least 1 weekend day, and at least one with morning hours for those who work nights or evenings or whatever. Or use some volunteers instead of all employees but then that would be whacking someone's job. carolceltic posted in cmt a week or so ago how the library right near her apartment had closed but books were stored in the basement and now the city is going to let them run it with volunteers..maybe one librarian though not sure. guess nothing new being ordered but still being able to check out stuff to read.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 1:44 PM ET
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Yes, libraries can play politics with the best of them.  They have no choice when competing for dollars that control essential services.  My SIL is being furloughed from her job till the end of the month so they make budget in her medical billing company non-profit job that handles various state activities.  She already been told to expect her hours to be cut - again.  She's been on a 4 day week for 2 years!

Hours are bizarre.  Hey,our fire department and ambulance corps are both volunteer in my town.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 1:45 PM ET
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Ours is closed on Sundays and closes early on Saturdays now.  Just a shame.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 2:16 PM ET
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Our library has been on a hiring and a pay raise freeze for the past 5 years. And the have cut back on service hrs and other things. but with a 50% cut or more it just wouldnt be enough. They would try to keep 1 of the 6 libraries open its been said but that would still mean alot of layoffs and many people in this area dont have the transport to go out of town for a library visit.   

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 5:28 PM ET
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I wouldn't complain if we hadn't voted down the library tax last November.  I guess if a community decides they don't want to subsidize their library system, they should be prepared to see those services shrink.  And I'm sure most of those people don't use it or feel they need it.  I talk to people all the time who think as long as they have the internet, they don't need the library:P