libraries http://wamc.org en Funding Deal Approved To Reopen Three Libraries http://wamc.org/post/funding-deal-approved-reopen-three-libraries <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has taken&nbsp; steps that will lead to the reopening of three branch libraries that closed because of budget cuts.&nbsp; But it is a stopgap measure that has library supporters looking for long term funding solutions.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 44369 at http://wamc.org Funding Deal Approved To Reopen Three Libraries Higher Fees And Taxes Sought To Balance Budget http://wamc.org/post/higher-fees-and-taxes-sought-balance-budget <p>The city of Springfield Massachusetts will enter a new fiscal year this Sunday, July 1<sup>st</sup>, with a budget that officials describe as &ldquo; austere&rdquo; and &ldquo; bare-bones&rdquo;.&nbsp; It is also a budget that remains out of balance, as we hear from WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Paul Tuthill..</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 42078 at http://wamc.org Higher Fees And Taxes Sought To Balance Budget Budget Cuts Hit Springfield Libraries http://wamc.org/post/budget-cuts-hit-springfield-libraries <p>Three branch libraries are scheduled to close at the end of this week in Springfield Massachusetts because of budget cuts. Library advocates have mobilized to try to stop the closures.&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; About 50 people held a rally outside the&nbsp; East Forest Park library branch to protest plans to close it.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:50:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 41774 at http://wamc.org Budget Cuts Hit Springfield Libraries E-Books and Digital Libraries http://wamc.org/post/e-books-and-digital-libraries <p>The popularity of e-readers is soaring, but you may have trouble finding that hot new title or some digital content at your local library. We hear from a trio of librarians trying to change that.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:55:22 +0000 Joe Donahue 35035 at http://wamc.org