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      Flint public library cuts hours, staff

      The Flint Public Library is cutting staff and hours due to declining revenue.

      Thursday night the board approved the layoffs of four librarians, one custodian and two part-time clerks.

      Hours of service will also be reduced.

      Beginning next month, the library will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      The library faces a $275,000 shortfall and is anticipating a loss of more than half a million dollars in revenue this fiscal year.

      ??It's the same problem that's facing the city of Flint, other townships, counties, all over the country, really, but you know, everything that hits other places hits flint especially hard,?? library director Kay Schwartz said.

      Most of the library's funding comes from a property tax millage which has been collecting less revenue in recent years.

      The changes approved tonight take effect September 1.

      To learn more about the Flint Public Library, visit www.fpl.info.