Libraries closing for a week in September

In an effort to avoid layoffs but still make up for a about $1 million dollars cut from the budget, the Seattle Public Library has decided to close all of its branches for the first week of September. This move will save about $655,000 and eliminate the need for any staff layoffs, although there will probably still be some administrative and management layoffs to make up the rest of the difference [Examiner].

“During the closure, the following services will not be available:  book drop, mobile book services, library website and catalog, holds, mail, library computers, programs, or book donations.

On a positive note, library fines will not be accumulated during the week closure and items will not be due.  The last day to check out items before the closure will be Sunday, August 30th.”

The first week of September is usually a pretty slow time for the library system, and it’s more cost effective to shut everything down at once rather than staggering closures at different times around the city. You’ll just need to stock up on library materials beforehand, and find a new place to look at porn for the week.

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