12:36 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

National Library Week Highlights Changing Landscape

Sari Feldman
Credit Sari Feldman

There was a time when the public library was the place to take out books, do some studying, or research through spools of microfilm. You can still take out a book, but libraries have changed with the times. This is National Library Week, a time to speak with the president-elect of the American Library Association, Sari Feldman.

New England News
12:30 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Funding Deal Approved To Reopen Three Libraries

Jack Murphy, age 4, came to Springfield City Hall with his father Sean Monday night to urge city councilors to approve a funding deal for the city library

   The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has taken  steps that will lead to the reopening of three branch libraries that closed because of budget cuts.  But it is a stopgap measure that has library supporters looking for long term funding solutions.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Higher Fees And Taxes Sought To Balance Budget

The city of Springfield Massachusetts will enter a new fiscal year this Sunday, July 1st, with a budget that officials describe as “ austere” and “ bare-bones”.  It is also a budget that remains out of balance, as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Paul Tuthill..


            The $551.8 million dollar  budget will cut more than 100 city jobs, cause three library branches to close, take a fire department ladder truck out of service, and result in reduced repairs and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and parks.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Budget Cuts Hit Springfield Libraries

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.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


            About 50 people held a rally outside the  East Forest Park library branch to protest plans to close it.

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The Roundtable
1:55 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

E-Books and Digital Libraries

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.