The day after the Mayor’s Office proposed budget cuts called for reduced library hours at 16 library branches, former library assistant Anna Daniels started worrying again.

She e-mailed Library Director Deborah Barrow, the Mayor’s Office and members of City Council, calling for notices to be posted at all affected branches and for copies of Mayor Jerry Sanders’ proposal to be available there.

“The mayor is not following his own core values on this. The library department is the only one with reduced hours,” Daniels said in an interview later. “It starts to undermine the value of services to the citizenry. I want to make sure no other branch will have reduced hours or schedules.”

If the budget cuts are approved, no library branches will have Sunday hours except for the Central Library and the branches with private funding, said Rachel Laing, mayor’s spokeswoman.

The City Council will hear the mayor’s proposed reductions on Dec. 14.

(Update: This post has been updated to reflect the confusion addressed in this blog post.)


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