Today, the newspaper has posted an update.
The Herald reports that the proposal would have 22 of the 49 libraries would have to close, “under the worst-case scenario in Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s latest budget proposal.”
The proposal also calls for the layoffs of 251 library employees.
A list of the libraries is embedded below.
The libraries were chosen based on geography, to try to keep facilities open throughout the county, and on whether they reside in county-owned buildings or in storefronts. All 10 librsaries in storefronts where Miami-Dade must pay rent would be closed. One of them is West Kendall Regional, which is housed in a strip mall.
[Mayor Giminez] directed administrators to keep more libraries open, though with reduced operating hours. Libraries that are now open five days a week may go down to four days, and those open six days may go down to five, according to Gimenez. A new planned northeast branch slated to open next year would still be inaugurated.
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Steve Marshall, a second-generation librarian who was laid off from the West Dade Regional Library in 2011, said the cuts will be an affront to the people who use libraries to better themselves.
“They’re some of the last vestiges of the American Dream,” he tells Riptide. “The fact that they’re constantly targeted shows a callous disregard for providing opportunity for poor and working class people to educate themselves and enjoy services more affluent people take for granted.”
List of Miami-Dade Libraries on Chopping Block
Here’s the list of Miami-Dade Library branches that would close under the current proposal along with those that would remain open (via Miami-Dade Mayor’s Office).