Pennsylvania libraries feeling pressures of continued funding cuts
|By Matt Nussbaum, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"I'm pretty sure we can stay open to the end of the year," said
Two longtime employees recently retired, and the library director resigned for unrelated reasons. Those staff reductions along with weekly hours of operation reduced from 56 to 45 -- the state minimum -- will allow the library to continue operating, said
The library is going to host a spaghetti dinner in September to raise funds with the hope of staying open into 2015. A dinner-dance is also on the calendar.
"We do all sorts of good things,"
"It's going to have a really serious impact," said
She said some part-time staff positions might have to be eliminated, though that would be difficult due to the additional workload.
"We really are operating on a bare-bones staff," she said.
"Our staff cuts have been significant over the past years because of state cuts," said
Ms. Tanner, of
"It's like people treat us like we're a volunteer organization, and we're not," she said.
The cuts are not unique to the rural counties of the southwest.
"The property tax was really never meant to supplant the revenue streams we've had in the past," said Ms. Cooper. "Years ago, states recognized that this was an important institution and that there was some obligation on the part of the state" to fund it.
While surrounding counties' librarians might cast an envious eye toward
"It means fewer people in libraries; it means libraries with reduced hours,"
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