Residents decry librarian cutbacksJanuary 14,2013Residents protest
ST. JOHNSBURY — Library supporters here are rallying around the town athenaeum staff, who were dismissed as part of a restructuring.
About 200 people surrounded the athenaeum Saturday, calling on library trustees to rethink their decision last month to reduce the staff from 14 full- and part-time employees to five-full time employees.
The librarians were dismissed and told they could re-apply.
Kat Redniss, a librarian in Essex Junction, is part of a group called Rural Librarians Unite. She said the public should’ve been allowed weigh in.
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, not-for-profit public library and art gallery. Bill Marshall, chairman of the St. Johnsbury Board of Trustees, said staff cuts were necessary to ensure “vital and essential” library services.MORE IN This Just In
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