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Libraries see more use, less funding

Emilia Sciarra-Laos of Niskayuna looks for SAT review books with her daughter Veronica Laos at the Schenectady Public Library Friday afternoon.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Emilia Sciarra-Laos of Niskayuna looks for SAT review books with her daughter Veronica Laos at the Schenectady Public Library Friday afternoon.
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Since June, use of the Troy Public Library has increased 25 percent. More people are checking out items and using computers, and the audiences at some library programs have doubled. But the high demand didn’t prevent the library from closing branches in Lansingburgh and Sycaway in February. “That had been coming for quite some time,” said Paul Hicok, director of the Troy Public Library. Last year city voters approved creating an independent library district but ...


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nygirl61
April 19, 2009
6:57 a.m.

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It's wonderful that libraries are seeing an increase in usage. Books are way overpriced and most are not worth the high price the publisher puts on them. Why buy a book at the bookstore for $27.95 when you can read it for FREE?! Not to mention all the other services the library offers. Recently I was in Hollywood Video where I was the ONLY customer and was shocked that they actually raised their prices to $4.49 to rent a movie! Are they nuts?? Guess they haven't heard of Red Box... or more importantly, that you can borrow a movie at the library for FREE! I am a proponent of libraries, but I will say that although it's nice to have a local branch, perhaps the library administrators might want to be careful about stocking and staffing all these branches. I believe that's where the cost lies. I've been in some of these branches where the crowd of people have been the workers behind the circulation desk... and not the patrons! I don't ever see school kids shelving books. Why not hire them at minimum wage instead of the higher-paid civil service workers who get benefits and, although they do great work, their numbers are quite high, in my estimation. As far as I know Clifton Park library has only their main library and it's a beauty! I don't think there are any branches, and maybe that's the way it should be. Nice for Schenectady to have a branch in every little community, but is it really necessary in these economic times?

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