Libraries
11:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy

A child looks at books in the West Kendall Library.
A child looks at books in the West Kendall Library.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Last summer, the budget for Miami-Dade County libraries was in jeopardy until the county commission decided at last minute to tap into a reserve fund.

This year, funding for the libraries is in danger again. 

Library operations supervisor Sue Cvejanovich and Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library president John Quick appeared on WLRN's Topical Currents on Tuesday.

Cvejanovich explains the people who suffer most from cuts to the library are those without computers.

"You want to apply for food stamps, you need a computer. You need your unemployment, you need a computer," she explains. "And anyone that thinks that the library is obsolete should have visited the library the weekend that the Hialeah Section 8 housing application became open because it was heartbreaking."

Quick adds he was at the North Dade Regional Library during a free lunch program last week.

"And there were 50 children who were there," he describes. "It's something that's in need and to not have the community space of a library to provide that would be horrible."

The county commission will vote on the budget-- including library funding-- on July 15.