Six Of 22 Miami-Dade Libraries Could Be Saved From Chopping Block

Jul 31, 2013

Miami-Dade library supporters rally against potential budget cuts that threaten to close down 22 branches on Saturday, July 27, 2013, outside the Concord Branch Library.
Credit Alex M Sanchez / Miami Herald Staff

An updated plan for cuts to the Miami-Dade County budget would keep open six of 22 public libraries initially slated for closure.

The tentative change would save the Culmer, Lakes of the Meadows, Lemon City, Little River, Opa-locka and Shenandoah branch libraries, bringing the total number of library closures to 16.

Amid uproar over Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposal to shut down nearly half of the county’s 49 libraries, administrators have been drafting alternatives to make the budget cuts a little less painful. A final plan won’t be approved by county commissioners until two public hearings on the budget in September.

Lisa Martinez, a Gimenez senior advisor who oversees the library department, said Tuesday the administration will continue looking for savings.

“This is the first swipe at the list,” she said.

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