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News
3:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Book Sale To Benefit Miami-Dade Libraries Starts Wednesday

Miami-Dade County's main library branch is holding a book sale on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Credit Miami-Dade County Public Library System

Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library will host a book sale Dec. 11 through Dec. 14 at the Main Library branch at 101 West Flagler St.

Thousands of donated books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale. Guests are invited to "go green" and bring reusable bags to carry their books.

This summer, Miami-Dade libraries faced budget cuts which threatened to close down dozens of branches across the county.

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Mid-Day Links
12:39 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Nov. 25-29

Potato kugel from 'The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat'
Credit Donna Turner Ruhlman

Our holiday spirit showed last week, when we ran stories of name-your-price puppies at the shelter, the allure of Miami's old Jewish delis and speculations about the future of our local book industry. But here's what you liked best:

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Politics
5:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Who's Saving Miami-Dade Libraries? These Guys

Library staffers and supporters urged Miami-Dade County commissioners to fund the libraries at a September budget hearing.
Credit MARICE COHN BAND / Miami Herald Staff

A special task force charged with figuring out how to fund and run Miami-Dade County’s libraries officially started work Oct. 30.

Even though a grassroots campaign to save county libraries from massive funding cuts prevailed this September, county commissioners exhausted their reserve fund in the process.

That means the county’s library budget faces a projected $21-million short fall next year.

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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Is Florida Back To Work Yet?

Florida's economy is recovering, and Governor Rick Scott says "conservative pro-growth policies" are the reason.
Credit Flickr

Touting his job-creation record, Governor Rick Scott says it’s time to cut taxes. But with questions about both the state's unemployment rate and education spending being lower than before the Great Recession, Democrats say the Governor’s priorities are off. 

In Miami-Dade, an active social media campaign and vocal supporters at town halls have saved public libraries from budget cuts - for now - after the county commission decided to raid its reserves. So was Mayor Carlos Gimenez wrong to declare that the "age of libraries was probably ending?"  

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Public Services
7:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

What Does The Future Hold For Miami-Dade Libraries?

Librarians and their supporters dogged Mayor Gimenez, budget meeting after budget meeting.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The libraries in Miami-Dade County have had a roller-coaster ride this summer. In July, the county decided to not raise taxes even at the expense of closing down 22 libraries. Over time, the number of libraries slated for closure grew smaller until it arrived at zero, but the system still faced cuts to staffing and hours of operation.

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Public Services
6:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Can This Social Media Campaign Save More Miami-Dade Public Libraries?

Demonstrators during last Saturday's library rally near the Concord branch.
Credit Mercy / Facebook/ Save the Miami-Dade Public Libraries
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Public Services
8:40 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Here's A Look At The Libraries That Miami-Dade County Could Close

Sorry, bookworms.

In the minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Miami-Dade Commission, it reads, “In libraries, these adjustments will result in the reduction of hours of service and closure of 10 storefronts and up to 12 other libraries.” Meaning, to avoid increases in property taxes, the commission proposes to eliminate 22 of its 49 public library branches.

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