The interim Downtown Central Library could be open as little as 35 hours a week, or as much as 48 hours, depending on three Minneapolis Library Board budget-cutting scenarios.
The library board is in the midst of public meetings asking the public about how to best close a $4.5 million 2004 budget deficit. The board has presented three scenarios:
In each scenario, administration is cut between $200,000 and $250,000; five positions are cut, wages are frozen and travel eliminated.
"There will perhaps be compromises between the scenarios put in place, but none of these scenarios are good," said Ann Christensen, who is in charge of community libraries. "Any way we look at it, we are going to be losing staff and cutting hours because it is the only way we can make up for the deficit."
Future meetings, all 7-9 p.m., are:
Monday, June 30 -- Senior Center, 1801 Central Avenue N.E.
Tuesday, July 15 -- North Regional Community Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N.
Wednesday, July 16 -- East Lake Community Library, 2727 E. Lake St.
Those unable to attend can e-mail their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.