Two More Miami-Dade Libraries Could Be Spared

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It seems like two more libraries previously threatened with closure could be getting a reprieve.

According to the Miami Herald, the North Shore and Virrick Park branches could join the six branches spared from closure under Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's plan. That would bring the number of libraries on the chopping block down from 22 to 14.

See also: Six Miami-Dade Libraries Off the Closure List for Now

Culmer, Opa-locka, Lemon City, Little River, Shenandoah, and Lakes of the Meadows were the six other branches spared.

In a memo obtained by the Herald, Gimenez says that he will keep a minimum of 35 branches open. Though the branches that remain open will likely operate on slashed budgets, which would mean fewer hours, fewer staff and fewer offerings.

"As we narrow down to a final list of libraries that will remain open, our next step will be to strategically and collaboratively finalize a recommendation regarding library schedules," Gimenez wrote in the memo.

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