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Libraries Reopen After Funding Restored

Three branch libraries that fell victim to budget cuts in Springfield Massachusetts over the summer re-opened Monday.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

Library patrons threw little parties, with balloons, and homemade baked goods to celebrate the return of the three neighborhood libraries that had closed July 1st.   Mary Ann Maloney , a library advocate, said funding would not have been restored without community pressure.

The branch re-openings came about after the Springfield City Council voted to raise the annual residential trash fee by $15 to  $90  and Mayor Domenic Sarno agreed to transfer $200,000 to the library system.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.