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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Charlotte Mecklenburg branches saved; fundraising aims to rehire staff

In an emergency meeting on the morning of March 24, the board of the Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library rescinded its controversial week-old order to close half the system branches and lay off 148 staff members. Instead, trustees unanimously approved an alternative plan that will keep all 24 branches in operation at a reduced schedule; lay off up to 84 employees; cut salaries of retained staff members between 5% and 20%; and drastically reduce services such as storytimes, classes on job searching and technology, and book clubs. "The public has asked for locations, rather than level of service," Brown said in the March 24 Charlotte Observer

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