NYC To Revive Public Libraries With New Budget Announcement

NYC announces budget to restore funding to public libraries across the city. Read on for details!

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In the form of wonderfully refreshing news for New York City residents and library lovers alike, a recent budget announcement will provide restoration to NYC public libraries. 

Seeing the Error of Their Decisions

At the end of 2023, Mayor Adams announced a massive blow to book lovers and NYC community members alike. It came in the form of a budget slash that resulted in the necessity of public libraries closing weekly on Sundays, as opposed to their former 7-day schedule. Citing rising costs of migrant aid and the COVID-19 pandemic, government officials positioned themselves against the community with this widely criticized decision. The once-weekly closure saved the city a whopping 0.021% of the $110 billion annual budget.

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The proposed budget, expected to pass over the weekend in order to meet the June 30th deadline, would restore $58.3 million to the 219 public library branches spread across the city. These essential monetary infusions will allow for branches to not only reopen on Sundays and provide essential third places for community members all week long, but to resume educational and social programs that were cancelled as a result of the budget cuts. 

Although the budget is not yet set in stone, the presumption is that the bill will pass over the weekend, as the NYC City Council has already announced with enthusiasm that they were able to reach an agreement with Mayor Adams. 

In a world that recently seems to undervalue libraries and local community organizations, it is refreshing and inspiring to see such a statement of reaffirmation of their importance in a global, precedent-setting hub like New York City. 

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