There's a sobering article in The Buffalo (NY) News about the state of libraries in that area. Erie County, which includes the City of Buffalo, funds a consolidated county library system of 52 libraries. An announcement has been made that a number of those libraries will be closed.
As many as 20 libraries are expected to close throughout Erie County next year, and the targeted communities are lobbying to save their own.
Williamsville, which could lose its Main Street branch, is particularly riled up. So are the rural areas of Eden, Alden, Boston and Marilla, where residents have been among the most vocal since their libraries were included on a tentative closing list.
"We don't have a Borders bookstore, or malls, or movie theaters," said Susan C. Minekime, Eden's library director. "In the small towns, libraries are the center of the community."
Waukesha County residents: are you paying attention?