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Middletown Library Board Confirms Branch Closings

The 3 smaller branches will be closing as early as next month.

At the December 19th meeting of the Library Board, it was announced that the Navesink, Bayshore, and Lincroft library branches would be closing as part of cuts to the library's 2013 budget.  The move is in response to declining revenues and saves approximately $200,000 annually. 

Residents who attended the meeting expressed concern that there had been insufficient coordination with schools, which develop curriculums with library resources in mind, and that little public input had been sought.   

Closures are not expected to occur until after the Board's re-organization meeting on January 16th. 

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j December 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Joe- Where is the leadership from the Gov. on this pension issue? He claims to have garnered bi-partisan support for other pension reforms, why has he not taken on this one? And no, I am not a democrat, nor a republican. Proud to be one who can think for himself.
Joe December 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
@07748 - the leadership is this: the governor managed to do the impossible which is to get the greedy unions to agree to pay more into their pensions and health benefits, something the Democrats fought tooth and nail. Christie is a minority in Trenton and as such, can't just wave a magic wand and do everything he would like. Just watch this year how the unions come out to try and knock Christie out as payback for his fighting for the taxpayers. As for the library, I understand that they are also union workers, which explains the obscene 6% pay raise and the overtime for working on Sundays. What they should do is stagger the work week, you know some people work Tues-Sun. so they will only be paid straight time. But then, the unions wouldn't be unions if they weren't squeezing every last dime out of the taxpayers. I hope the library board doesn't back down until they get to the bottom of all the spending at the library.
Olivia Dunham December 24, 2012 at 12:10 AM
There is really no need to measure anything. We should just shut down the library. Get a kindle.
j December 24, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Joe-What I find to be obscene is how politicians of both political parties work the pension system to their advantage and the taxpayers disadvantage. Someone who accumulates 17 years of time in a pension system while making a very, very small contribution to it, and then will cash out based on over a $90K salary is obscene. This abuse is wide spread throughout the state and no Gov., democrat or republican, has addressed it to any meaningful degree. How does one who earns such a nominal amount of money even qualify for a pension? In NJ they do because the politicians made it that way, politicians from both parties. We need a Gov. who has the guts to eliminate this abuse of taxpayers money.
Karen Edmond January 28, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Your right. It's not a child friendly position at all.

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