West End residents continued efforts this week to keep the Reiche branch of the
West End residents continued efforts this week to keep the Reiche branch of the Portland Public Library from closing due to proposed city budget cuts. Director Steve Podgajny said if the library has $30,000 added to its budget, Reiche would stay open and he would work with the neighborhood to provide future library resources in the West End - without the library necessarily being the sole provider. Councilors Dave Marshall and John Anton support returning the $30,000 in order to keep Reiche open for at least the next year. Anton said the library should engage in a comprehensive study of its branch libraries, and Podgajny said such an effort would be made regardless of Reiche's fate. Although the city provides about 85 percent of the library's financing, the City Council does not have control over how the money is spent. Anton said the city would be interested in changing the library's charter to allow more city representation on the board.
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Bucklin, Kate, "West End residents continued efforts this week to keep the Reiche branch of the" (2008). Maine News Index – Portland Forecaster. 18.