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Reprieve For The Verona Library?


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An appropriations bill introduced in the New Jersey state Senate earlier this week seeks to restore some of the library funding cuts sought by Gov. Chris Christie.

“The budget looks a bit more promising at this point,” says Jim Thomas, the director of the Verona Public Library. “From the numbers I’ve been getting, it looks like the state library budget is being cut about 50% instead of almost 75%.” The cuts, revealed in May, totaled $10.4 million.

Whether S3000, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole (whose District 40 includes Verona) will make its way through the Legislature intact is anybody’s guess. If it does, Thomas says it will be up to the state librarian as to how the funds are allocated. Verona’s priorities would be to maintain the database and inter-library loan system known as JerseyCat, as well as some form of inter-library delivery, and the more specialized EBSCO databases for all libraries. “If these services can be provided,” Thomas says, “Verona citizens will be able to enjoy the services that they have come to expect from the library.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].



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