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We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

By Holly McDede

Berkeley Public Library, and the rest of California public libraries, no longer receive state funding.

The bad news is that state funding for California libraries has been completely eliminated. There’s not really any good news about that except that it was expected. This past July, state library funding was sliced in half, and there was a trigger amendment attached to the budget that would eliminate state funding for public libraries at midyear if the state's revenue projections were not met. Needless to say, they weren’t.

Now libraries in the Bay Area, as in the rest of the state, will lose funding for literacy programs, InterLibrary Loans, and miscellaneous expenses such as librarian training programs and books. Libraries in rural areas will be hit the hardest because they receive more state funding than libraries in larger cities with larger budgets.

These cuts are not new. State funding for libraries has been dwindling for the past decade. The Public Library Fund, which provides direct state aid to public libraries for basic service, has never received its full appropriation from the Legislature since it began in 1983 (which was also the end of Jerry Brown’s first stint as governor). State funding lasted a little over twenty years.

The December 2011 monthly report from Berkeley Library Director Donna Corbeil reads, "There will be no immediate impact on the Library as this reduction was anticipated." Keep your eyes on the word immediate. “We’re still pretty concerned about how this will affect our libraries in the long term,” Corbeil said.

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This is terrible news.

America's leaders, able to live anywhere in the world they choose, want world empire more than they want literate Americans.

Jerry Brown and local communities in CA, or at least here in Napa has a bond measure to expand the Jail to host State prisoners.

It seems to me that too many people are put in Jails, or Prisons to beging with.

Cutting library funds shouldn't be used to build larger local jails to hold state prisoners.  if the bond doesn't pass.

The U.S. has the World's Highest Incarceration Rate in the world.

http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2012/us-incarceration.aspx

The U.S. isn't any safer by imprisioning people.

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