Destroying our libraries


Library supporters shouldn’t sit idly by after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez agreed not to close any libraries. They will be open fewer hours; one third of the staff, some of whom are long-term employees with families to support, will be fired; and the collections will be decimated without the purchase of new materials.

The mayor’s appeasement is an effort to squelch public concerns while still forcing the library to suffer the consequences of the ill-advised budget cuts.

There are also efforts to eliminate the independent taxing district, which has for years provided a stable source of funds. The library department would then be dependent on receiving funds from the county budget, which will always put libraries last. We’re entering a dark age where books aren’t being burned outright, but the destruction of libraries by lack of funding is very real.

Phyllis Levy, Miami

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