November 29, 2015

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LAUSD Lays Off 22 Library Aides While Green-lighting Pay Raises


A total of 22 library aides have lost their jobs in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for the 2015–16 school year even as the district increased its budget by $850,000 from last year.

Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian


Pennsylvania’s Pennridge School District’s budget was passed in June—and it has eliminated an elementary school library position.

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut


New York libraries are facing close to a five percent budget cut with just $81.6 million allocated in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget—down from the $85.62 million granted to libraries last year.

Miami’s Public Library Cuts Detrimental to Students


Draconian cuts to Miami public libraries—nearly 45 percent of its branches shuttered and more than 250 staff positions—lost stand to impact the community. The intended cuts pose a monumental loss of service to Miami’s K–12 students, as some of the public libraries slotted to shut down are close to Miami-Dade County public schools.

The Cost of Cuts: When we lose librarians, it’s the kids who suffer most | Editorial

Glass half-full

The Pennsylvania study joins a growing body of research that proves the efficacy of librarians in our schools, but the findings of this study alone should take the decision to cut a librarian off the table.

Locals Create ‘People’s Library’ During Seattle Public Library Closure


Just because citywide budget cuts have forced the Seattle Public Library to close its doors for a week starting Monday, doesn’t mean kids will be left without good books or fun things to do during that time. A group is organizing a “People’s Library” in the Central District—and it needs children and YA titles.