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2013 Library Lions Unveiled

nyplThe New York Public Library has revealed the 2013 Library Lions.

The five honorees include New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo, MacArthur Genius Junot Diaz, and noted essayist Marilynn Robinson. Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim. The Library Lions Gala for this year’s honorees will be held on November 4, 2013.

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Queens Libraries Stopped Buying New Books in December

In a cost-cutting measure, 62 branches of Queens libraries in New York City stopped adding new books in December 2010. According to The New York Daily News, Queens libraries annually purchase 8,500 new books.

This means Queens patrons do not have access to the latest titles or new copies of old favorites. With mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s  looming “Agency Gap Closing Programs” proposal, things look worse than ever for New York City library services.

Here’s more from the article: “Overall, city libraries are facing nearly $100 million in budget cuts, which they say would lead to an estimated 1,500 layoffs…Without restored funding, city libraries would be forced to shorten hours and close dozens of branches, library officials testified.” (via Ron Hogan)

Library Layoffs & Cuts Proposed in New York City

Earlier this month, mayor Michael R. Bloomberg‘s Office of Management and Budget released a “Agency Gap Closing Programs” (PDF link) proposal that would dramatically cut library services in New York City.

Librarian Rita Meade took a personal look at the cuts: “These cuts would result in reduced library hours, the reduction and/or elimination of programs & materials, and staff layoffs. (Based on this budget model, Brooklyn Public Library could potentially lay off 158 employees this summer, including yours truly. Zoinks.)”

If you want to help, Meade linked to three online petitions to fight for library support. Choose your library: Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Borough Public Library, or NYPL (Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx). For readers outside of New York, you can join the American Library Association’s National Library Legistlative Day to lend your support. (Link via, photo via)

NYC Budget Preserves Public Library Service

nyplopen.jpgAfter a long political struggle, the New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced an agreement about the city’s 2010 budget–preserving city-wide, six-day library service.

As GalleyCat reported, the NYPL had mounted an email campaign, urging readers to tell NYC politicians they value a strong and active public library system in their city. Readers can still make a financial contribution at the NYPL homepage.

Here’s a statement from Speaker Christine C. Quinn: “This has not been an easy budget, but tonight I am happy to announce that we have an agreement that will protect core services, including keeping fire houses open, preserving six-day library service and limiting attrition of essential child welfare staff at the Administration for Children’s Services.” (Via Sarah Weinman)