Town Hall meetings to discuss criteria for addressing funding cuts at librarys


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has scheduled three "town hall" meetings which the public is invited to attend to learn more about the library system's funding and financial matters that were announced recently.

The library reported that it projects a $6 million budget shortfall by 2014 if no changes are made to its current system. As it considers options for changes to the system in the process it calls "Libraries for Life: Sustaining Our Future," the library is seeking public input. Changes will be recommended to the library's Board of Trustees by September and begin to be implemented for the 2010 budget year.

The 90-minute "town hall" meetings will include a brief presentation, as well as an opportunity for individuals to express what is important to them in terms of library service.

The town hall meetings will be hosted by the leadership of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and moderated by representatives from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. A brief program will be presented outlining the financial situation faced by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Individuals are encouraged to comment about library services.

The meetings will be held:

Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m., CLP – Main; Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue;

Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m., Carrick High School; Auditorium, 125 Parkfield Street; and,

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m., CCAC-Allegheny Campus; SSC Auditorium, 808 Ridge Avenue.


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