Magazine article American Libraries

Santa Cruz Shuns Branch Shutterings

Magazine article American Libraries

Santa Cruz Shuns Branch Shutterings

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A community outcry has trumped worry over red ink among trustees of the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Public Libraries, who unanimously approved a new policy May 2 not to close any of the library's 10 facilities. "When there's no one left on the payroll and people aren't checking books out, then we'll close a library," said trustee Michael Termini in the May 3 Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The action was a dramatic departure from closure decisions in Salinas, California (AL, May, p. 16) and Bedford, Texas (see p. 19, this issue) this year, both of which were ultimately rescinded. Santa Cruz library trustees approved the no-closure policy at a board meeting packed with some 200 defenders of SCPL's Felton branch, which Library Director Anne Turner had recommended be closed in order to reduce the system's $173,000 deficit to less than $17,000.

In a January 9 guest editorial in the Sentinel advocating for additional library funding, Turner had described the Felton facility as "an 1893 church [whose] 3-by-6-loot bathroom also houses the ladder that leads up to the bell tower. …

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