More than a dozen New York City Council members, the presidents of New York’s three library systems, and several hundred librarians, library staff, supporters, advocates, and children from nearby schools rallied on the steps of city hall to protest $106 million in proposed funding cuts. Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile also pledged to introduce legislation that would create a baseline of stable funding for the city’s public library services.
The Cleveland Public Library has installed a portable reading room in a trendy downtown district in the hopes that locals who flock to the area to dine and shop will also check out the library’s new open-air book kiosk. Dubbed the BookBox, the custom-designed galvanized metal and reclaimed wood structure, which opened July 21, houses [...]
Library activists in New York City have been gearing up to fight proposed massive budget cuts. On May 26, hundreds of supporters of the Queens Library converged on City Hall to protest Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed budget for FY12. Under the mayor’s latest proposal, which still must go through the City Council, funding for New York [...]