SITUATION: The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library faces a $6.8 million shortfall for 2011 if the budget proposed by County Executive Chris Collins stands. Library hours will be reduced from 332 to 205.
COST: Buffalo/Erie County library services cost $28.64 per capita while comparably sized cities pay $43 and up per capita.
VALUE: If you borrow just 2 books and 10 movies a month rather than buy these items, you save $74 in a month and close to $900 in a year.
--Providing equal access to information resources
--Promoting literacy and education for children and adults
--Development of programs and services for enriching life skills.
Library Supporters and Friends
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