Miami-Dade school libraries to open Monday to the public

Five school libraries will open to the public starting on the first day of school in a move the Miami-Dade School Board hopes will soften the blow of expected county budget cuts.

Starting Monday, the public will have access on weekdays to on-site books, the Internet and other resources in media centers at the following five locations: D.A. Dorsey Educational Center, 7100 NW 17th Ave., Miami; Lindsey Hopkins Technical Center, 750 NW 20th St., Miami; Miami Lakes Educational Center, 5780 NW 158th St., Miami Lakes; Robert Morgan Educational Center, 18180 SW 122nd Ave., Miami; and South Dade Educational Center, 109 NE Eighth St., Homestead.

The five media centers are located in educational technical centers that already have expanded hours, according to the district. Extra costs associated with the move will be paid for through the Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant.

Hours of operation vary.

As of Wednesday morning, the number of libraries run by Miami-Dade County expected to close sometime in the fall stood at 13, though that number is still fluid as Mayor Carlos Gimenez continues to work on his 2014 budget. The school board approved a motion by member Carlos Curbelo last week to consider opening its own facilities.

In a memo to school board members, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the district hopes to sign an interlocal agreement with the county to see if any other district media centers might also be opened to the public.

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