April 19, 2018

TN State Librarian Threatens to Remove Books

By LJ Staff

Tennessee State Librarian Edwin Gleaves has threatened to remove books from
two libraries if their budgets are not restored, since state law says funding
must be maintained at certain levels to receive state support. Gleaves is
demanding that the Dickson County Commissioners restore $50,000 to the area
library or he will yank roughly 20,000 books off shelves, which represents
roughly 25 percent of its overall collection. Gleaves made identical charges
regarding the White House Library, which would lose 9000 books comprising more
than half its collection. The library’s budget has been slashed by $12,000. He
has given both sets of officials until August 15 to comply.