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August 29th, 2011 at 03:21 pm

I read an article today about how the Seattle libraries have closed for the whole week so they can save $650,000 and stay within their budget for 2011. Of course no one is getting paid this week, so it's an unplanned pay cut for all the library workers. I guess it's better than some other options, like permanently closing branches, but it still makes me shake my head. Seattle is such a bookish town that I'd think the libraries would have full support of the city, but maybe that's just foolish thinking in this economic era.

Two of the books I had on hold came in on Saturday but they didn't call me to let me know until 15 minutes before closing time so I had to wait until today as our libraries are closed on Sundays. DH picked them up for me while I was at an appointment ($60 out for physical therapy). Anyway, I finally have in my hot little hands The Help (big print edition FTW!) and The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing. I'm still waiting on the last Rizzoli and Isles book, but should be pretty close to the top of the hold list as I was in 7nth place the last time I checked.

It'll be a bit before I get to them though as I am in the middle of two other books, one for pleasure and one for learning stuff about investing.

5 Responses to “Another Library Post”

  1. baselle Says:

    It makes me shake my head too. Our neighborhood library is always busy, involved with the neighborhood week-end activities and its not as if the librarians there are doing nothing. I seriously think that the library is one of those places that if you are unemployed, at least you feel like a part of the community. The week furlough was determined by usage - apparently in year's past this week had the lowest usage.

    A couple of years ago our library also had a donation cup. I had an overdue book and donated $5/extra.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Years ago in our town the city council cut the library's budget and the library director closed the library on a couple of Saturdays to make a point -- either give us more money or we'll shut down and inconvenience folks and they will complain -- they are, after all, the taxpayers. It worked and the city council came up with a little more money.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Shutting down for a week is better than closing for good. I just hope there weren't any big research projects kids were doing for school, etc. ...

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    If I ever hit the lottery, one of the first things I would do is to donate the money to make our town library the nicest one in the whole state of New Jersey.

  5. PNW Mom Says:

    I am just starting The Help...looking forward to it

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