Today, when I took my daughter to story time at the library, the librarian wasn't there to start on time. All of us looked around, wondering what was going on. Miss Debbie is NEVER late. She came in about ten minutes after she usually starts, trying to look cheerful, wiping tears off her face, explaining this is the last month she will be able to have story time.
Our library district offered over ninety of their most expensive (most tenured) employees a buyout option. Only about twenty of those employees took the option (including our two most tenured local librarians), which means the library district is looking at a lot of layoffs. This isn't cutting the fat; it's more like amputating the heart. I can't imagine what our library will be without these women. Although, our other librarians are also wonderful.
On the bright side, we get to keep our library, and there's a possibility we won't lose any more librarians because we have such high circulation numbers.
If libraries are important to you, please, visit yours and take home some books.