NJ City Plans to Close Public Libraries

Broke Camden can't afford library system
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2010 2:22 PM CDT
Fourth-graders Nick Phan, left, and Marcus Lee, right, visit in the school library at Kennydale, Elementary School, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, in Renton, Wash.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – A budget crisis is forcing Camden, NJ, to shut down its public library system, MyFox New York reports. Unless emergency funding can be secured, Camden's three branch libraries will close at the end of this year, and the 106-year-old system's collection of 187,000 books will be liquidated. "We're going to fight back with every weapon we've got, not just for us, but for the people of Camden," a librarian tells the Courier-Post.

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