Funding in NYC libraries is looking quite grim. Released this week, the City's proposed budget for next fiscal year calls for a further reduction of $16.9 million in Queens alone. This would bring the total cut to $28.3 million -- a 30% cut sustained since 2008. Service levels would be reduced to their lowest ever, with 14 libraries closing and layoffs of over 400 staff.
The budget situation is similarly dire in Brooklyn and New York Public. You can help by signing the various petitions in support of New York libraries, Queens Library, Brooklyn Library and New York Public Library. Write to your elected officials to tell them that library funding is important to you.