Lock-up NPR's Robert Smith reports the Seattle public library system has completely shut down for the week. All of the library employees are on leave without pay, but it was the staff that suggested the temporary closing to help make the $1.8-million budget cut that is needed. Across the country, libraries have put hiring freezes in place because of economic recession and budget shortfalls.
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NPR's Robert Smith reports the Seattle public library system has completely shut down for the week. All of the library employees are on leave without pay, but it was the staff that suggested the temporary closing to help make the $1.8-million budget cut that is needed. Across the country, libraries have put hiring freezes in place because of economic recession and budget shortfalls.