Fresno County to lay off 20 librarians

FRESNO, Calif.

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While many books stacked high on Fresno County library shelves are timeless, time is running out for some of the librarians. Tuesday Fresno County Supervisors voted unanimously to cut 32 librarian positions.

The librarian cuts are in addition to the 78 library employees who were laid off at the beginning of the year. Head County Librarian Laurel Prysianzy says the reductions are a necessity.

Cutting librarians is expected to save the county $400 thousand this year and $2.7 million next year. Superintendent Phil Larson says the library system has cost the county much more over the past three years.

The big concern now is maintaining five new county libraries built with Measure B funds. With 46% of the public library' funding coming from Measure B, more jobs could be lost if the bond measure is not renewed.

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