Four months after Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, retired Detroit Public Library (DPL) employees are still struggling with anxiety over the fate of their retirement benefits, which are all-but certain to be targeted for significant cuts as part of a wide-ranging strategy to return the troubled city to solvency.
Students from Detroit’s Marcus Garvey Academy and the University of Michigan collaborated to create outdoor libraries. The filled bookshelves, installed on April 11, are intended to call attention to branch closings by the Detroit Public Library, according to the Detroit Free Press. Melanie Manos, a lecturer at the university’s School of Art & Design, spearheaded [...]
The Detroit Public Library has stepped back from its doomsday scenarios, saying now that it will not close any branches or lay off any more employees. According to The Detroit News, the library commission withdrew on May 20 a recommendation to close up to 18 of 23 branches and layoff 191 of 376 workers after [...]