Looks like public libraries are going down the drain as people move to the internet and city budgets are being shredded. Americans might find their next book will have to come from a book store, or pay a hefty fee to use a privatitized library. My library carrys all the news papers, records, cds, dvds, movies, tons of archives, etc. besides books, and sponsors reading events for all ages. Soon to be gone I am afraid. Something has to give, so what do you think? Shouldn't the federal government bail them out like they did Wallstreet? Sheboygan, Wis. (WHBL) - The Mead Public Library is in danger of losing its membership in the Eastern Shores Library System because of budget cuts made last month. The library budget is about $162,000 short of what is required to qualify for the shared services it gets from other libraries through Eastern Shores. New York City’s three library systems took a disproportionate hit in the $63.6-billion budget proposal released by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg January 28. In order to close a $4.9-billion deficit for FY2011, the plan makes $1.6 billion in reductions to city agencies. Of the 834 job cuts, 299—more than one-third—would come from library staff, prompting the New York Times to call libraries “the biggest loser” in the budget. Additionally, the plan calls for another 135 library jobs to be lost by attrition.