“Layoffs have been averted. Every library in every community will remain open at least five days a week,” Queens Library President and CEO Thomas W. Galante said in a statement. The more than 600 library jobs which had been in jeopardy were all saved, though the Queens library will continue a hiring freeze and economies in the new materials budget. Galante thanked the mayor, speaker and council members, as well as Local 1321 Queens Library Guild, Friends of the Library, Urban Librarians Unite, and the more than 85,000 people who signed petitions, wrote postcards, and attended rallies to show support for library funding.
— From LJ: “The New York City budget restored nearly $90 million of a threatened $96 million cut to public libraries in an agreement announced June 25. The City Council is expected to vote on the fiscal year 2013 budget agreement sometime this week; the exact timing has not yet been determined.”