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Gill Hails Restoration For Libraries In FY 2011 State Budget

TRENTON – Calling library services critical to residents during tough economic times, Senator Nia H. Gill (D-Essex) hailed the restoration of $4.3 million to the state’s libraries, which was solidified by today’s passage of the FY2011 state budget:

“The state budget passage solidifies the restoration of $4.3 million in funding for critical services to New Jersey’s libraries.

“The restoration is especially vital to our residents, given that in today’s down economy the utilization of library resources increases exponentially.

“Advocating for New Jersey’s libraries has always been one of my top priorities.

“After much negotiation, I’m pleased the governor’s largest cut to library funding was restored.

“From Internet access for job seekers, to research materials for students, to a setting for parents to introduce the world of reading to their children, our community libraries offer an array of important resources to the public.”