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L.A. Public Library cuts prompt demonstration outside Central Library [Updated]

July 19, 2010 |  9:28 am

Los Angeles Public Library supporters are planning to gather outside Central Library on Monday to protest a two-day-a-week closure caused by budget cuts.

The demonstration is set to start at 9:30 a.m. outside the Fifth Street entrance, 630 W. Fifth Street, said Mark Siegel, a city librarian.

Each of the city's 73 libraries will now be closed Sundays and Mondays because of a massive budget shortfall. Library services absorbed a 28% reduction in its workforce.

Siegel said at least seven librarians and 50 support staff have been laid off in the restructuring. He said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council had misplaced priorities in allowing the cuts.

"We just completed a massive rebuilding program, and people aren't able to use their libraries," he said. "We want them to move us up on the list."

-- Catherine Saillant

[Updated at 3:21 p.m.: An earlier headline on this post incorrectly said the protest would be held outside the main branch.]