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Library Consolidations Planned in East Providence

A proposed change to the library system would consolidate its operations into the main Weaver Library and the Riverside Branch Library.

The Fuller and Rumford branches of the East Providence Public Library are slated to close, according to budget commission documents.

The proposed change to the library system would consolidate its operations into the main and the Branch Library. The library will be exploring options to maintain pick-up and drop-off services, according to the documents.

"Library services have evolved over the last decade to substantial electronic services. Many users now order books online for pick up at a main or branch library," read the documents.

Part-time employees at the branches would be laid off after they helped with the transition.

Reductions will also occur in collections acquisition, the literacy program, and electronic systems.

The budget commission has been asking every department head to find additional efficiencies to cut 20 percent from their budget. 

JJD March 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
16 years of republican Governors, but this is not about the state level, it is about local libraries, on the local level power has continually shifted back and forth, one can hardly call three-time mayor Joe Larisa a democrat. I absolutely agree with you, pick the best candidate in your opinion, the one with the best ideas and the skill to make them happen, party-line voting isn't the best answer, regardless of which party.
Bruce Zarembka March 09, 2012 at 01:07 AM
JJD, See it wasn't that hard...in essence we agree. Now if we could get everyone to agree to work together, we'd all be in better shape.
Paula Gordon March 15, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Please tell me that closing both libraries will lower my taxes? If our taxes are not lowered, what is the point? To save money on libraries so we can raise taxes and pay city and school administrators and city employees even more money and benefits? Please tell me our taxes will be lowered, otherwise...
Rick April 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I firmly believe that libraries are a vital part of any community however with a city the size of East Providence we can provide library service to all our citizens with only the Weaver and Riverside locations. We can designate other locations as pickup spots with the library system being computerized. Hopefully the citizens of EP get so upset with the loss of libraries and sports for our children that we force our elected leaders to start looking at regionalization of services and finally stand up to the unions and status quo politicians that RI is famous for.
Daniel Socha April 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Shame on you East Providence!

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