Mayor Bloomberg has proposed a total of more than $81 million in funding cuts to libraries throughout NYC. These cuts mean an end to citywide six-day library service, over 150,000 free programs, and more than 1,500 jobs. More importantly, they mean cutting off a resource with the unique ability to help everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or income.

In Brooklyn, 16 library branches would shut their doors for good. In Queens, 14 branches will close and 34 others would be open just two or three days each week. And in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx, 10 branches would shut their doors for good and others would be open just four days a week.

This is your call to action: join the fight to save our libraries by signing a petition at petitiononline.com/nyclibs/petition.html or calling 311.

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