HARTFORD -- Friday morning it was announced that the Hartford Public Library may be forced to close three branches and cut 25 jobs if the city's budget was approved, but Friday evening Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin vetoed those cuts.
The library system recently eliminated 10 positions, and further $393,000 in proposed cuts would have taken effect July 1, the CEO of the Hartford Public Library Bridget Quinn-Carey had said. The branches that would have closed were Mark Twain, Blue Hills, and Camp Field.
The budget cuts would have totaled $1.25 million as part of Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin's 2017-18 budget.
"Thousands of Hartford children and their families will lose reading programs, homework help and free computer time," the library posted in a plea for help on its Facebook page early Friday. "It’s not too late to share your reactions to these cuts with Hartford City Council members and staff. Thank you."