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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Boston library trustees approve plan to close four branches

"The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a plan to close four neighborhood branches as part of an effort to eliminate a $3.3 million budget shortfall. The plan would shutter the Faneuil branch in Brighton's Oak Square, along with Lower Mills in Dorchester, Orient Heights in East Boston, and Washington Village in South Boston's Old Colony Housing Development. The trustees also approved a plan to slash up to 69 jobs at the main library in Copley Square and in administrative offices. Before the votes, dozens of people spoke at a public meeting of the board, many expressing anger and resignation as they described the value of libraries and urged trustees to keep all branches open. Nick Collins spoke specifically about the Washington Village branch and warned that the trustees were 'turning their backs' on children in the city with the greatest need. John McGrath told the board that, 'if you close one library, you are going to have to open a prison.' - Boston.com

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