Book bind: Public libraries feel strain of budget cuts, By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers (April 19, 2011).
WASHINGTON — They’re the lone source of free computer and internet access in most communities, allowing the unemployed to search for jobs, learn computer skills and spruce up their resumes. Millions use them to stay in touch with relatives, apply for government services or to seek health information.
But public libraries’ critical role as neighborhood information hubs hasn’t shielded the nearly 17,000 of them across the country from budget scalpels.
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