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    Rally to Save Miami-Dade's Libraries


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Diana Quick poses her husband and daughter at a gathering to support the Miami-Dade Public Library System and Friends. Residents are rallying to save several different public library branches threatened by proposed budget cuts. Quick says she and her family use the library for a multitude of reasons, including free Internet access. 'This is particularly important in this day and age where many, if not most, employment openings are posted online, and government benefits programs are begining to move online. Without access to this information, those who need it may be stuck in a vicious cycle,' she says. 'Along those lines, the library also provides programs for resume writing, etc. to assist those who need and want it with finding new jobs and/or advancing in their careers.'
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    Concerned residents of Miami-Dade County are engaged in a fight to save nearly half of its libraries, which are at risk of closure under the County's proposed budget. Should the closures proceed, it would be the largest cut to a public library system in US history. On a rainy Saturday, nearly 300 residents of all ages gathered to support the library system and express their displeasure in the proposed cuts. Given that Mayor Carlos Gimenez has told local media that the "age of the library is probably ending," we have an uphill battle ahead of us. To support our cause, please sign the online petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/miami-dade-county-commission-fully-fund-the-miami-dade-county-library-system, join the #SaveOurLibrary hashtag on Facebook or contribute to the larger #SaveOurLibrary hashtag on Twitter. For more information, visit www.FriendsofMDPL.org.
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