Saturday, November 26, 2011

Detroit Public Library Commission voted on November 15 to close four branches

Detroit Public Library will close four branches.

The Detroit Public Library Commission voted on November 15 to close four branches effective December 22. The decision will leave the city's library system with 20 locations.

"In closing libraries, it is always with despair," said Jo Anne Mondowney, the library's director. "In many areas, the library is an iconic place for the community, and we recognize that. So, to close any library is a painful thing," she said...

"I'm heartened to hear that our director states that there will be no more layoffs as a result of the commission's decision," said Laurie Townsend, who has worked at the library for 34 years and is president of UAW Local Union (LU) 2200, which represents 106 employees, including librarians. The library has five bargaining units represented by three unions (LU 2200, AFSCME 1259, and AFSCME 1231).

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