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Libraries brace for budget cuts

"We did not ask for an increase in our budget last year that the town votes on and we have had some very generous gifts of time and grants to improve our public access computers, but other things have to be eliminated and, sadly, the first budget item to get the hit is books," she said. "So while $270 may not look like a lot, it is for the small library. We have one employee, me, but could certainly do more if our staff were larger."

Officials of the Black Watch Memorial Library in Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake Public Library didn't respond to requests for comment.

"I have been persistent in telling all who will listen that these cuts, if enacted, will result in layoffs, branch closures and reductions in services and service hours," said Bernard Margolis, state librarian. "The cuts to public and school library systems and reference and research library resources systems will mean less for databases and materials, reduced inter-library loan and delivery, challenged technology services, and less support for specialized services for youth, seniors, speakers of English as a second language, the blind and disabled, the unemployed and the incarcerated."

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