Thursday, July 2, 2009

Santa Ana LiBarely

I'm still upset with the Santa Ana Library. The old bad news...we're down to two libraries in a city of over 350,000 residents.

Now I'm looking at the budget approved by the Santa Ana City Council for the fiscal year starting July 1st, and it looks like the axe just kept chopping away. The department will be merged into the Parks and Recreation Department, music CDs will be 50 cents for each checkout, adult funding will be reduced 24%, children funding will be reduced 40%, adult material acquisitions will be slashed from an already low 5,400 items to a paltry 2,200 new items...and on and on...

Last week I stopped by the Main Library, and the house was packed! In these shaky economic times we need more library materials and services, not the barebone joke we've been served.

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