Yes, your library branches are reopening today, as planned

The Seattle Public Library has sent a short announcement to remind you it’s back open (the Web site is already back to full speed) after the week-long budget-cut shutdown plus Labor Day:

All locations of The Seattle Public Library reopen today, Tuesday, Sept. 8, after a weeklong systemwide furlough. All services were shut down, including the Web site, and all book drops were locked.

The systemwide closure, along with other cuts, helped the Library meet a 2 percent budget reduction – about $1 million – this year. The closure saved approximately $655,000.

The closure meant salary reductions for about 700 employees who were not paid during the furlough week. An additional $350,000 in cuts – which included management and administration layoffs, extending the staff computer replacement schedule and reducing the training budget, have also been implemented.

All four West Seattle branches are open 1-8 pm today (here’s the page you can use to find any branch citywide). Meantime, the Friends of Seattle Public Library group is still collecting responses to its survey on the library system’s value, as part of its “Neighborhood Report” – if you haven’t already, you can join in here.

4 Replies to "Yes, your library branches are reopening today, as planned"

  • lonelyinwestseattle September 8, 2009 (4:38 pm)

    Ahhhh…now the bums cans go back to using their bathrooms.

  • jeunglady September 8, 2009 (8:54 pm)

    it really wasn’t that big of a deal, was it?

  • Rick September 8, 2009 (9:35 pm)

    Has anyone noticed how green the lawn is at the West Seattle Branch? How much has that water bill been???

  • Been here September 10, 2009 (5:56 pm)

    Maybe the lawn is green because we did have a few good days of rain.

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