Monday, September 12, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's libraries could soon be closed two days a week, if funding remains the same.
Gwinnett County Public Library Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam told the county budget committee Monday that the 15-branch system will reduce from 53 hours a week to 40 hours.
The move comes after years of public discord over reductions, including a reversed plan to close the Dacula branch and reductions from a previous 71 hours a week.
While the county has already reduced its annual subsidy to the library by $2.8 million, Stanbery-Kellam said officials have used a rainy day fund to stay in the black. Government officials are facing another $30 million budget gap, but library officials are hoping to continue the same funding to keep at the lower service level.
Instead of closing branches, Library Board Chairman Philip Saxton said the cuts would be across the board.
In addition, he hopes to transition to using non-tax revenue to support the system.
He plans to launch a "Love Your Library" campaign for donations, hoping to generate $1 million a year and get another $1.2 million in advertising revenue.