Ohio Governor Strickland has proposed a state budget cut in which public library funding will be halved. Nearly 70% of the state's approximately 250 libraries rely solely on state funding. If this proposal is passed, libraries could face a reduction in hours, services, and possible branch closings. ------- Both of my local libraries have already been forced to cut their hours and services. Perhaps the one in the worst shape is the smaller Falling Heights Library*. Not as many people rely on its services, and so with their cut hours they have also been forced to cut their staff drastically. I am a volunteer there, working up to 18 hours a week, and without me their childrens section (of which approximately 50 kids and their families pass through daily) would be overrun. With the proposed budget cut, the Falling Heights Library will have no choice but to close its doors. The larger library in my area would more than likely stay afloat, but only because two counties depend on it. When I first heard about this proposal, I was at the front line of Falling Heights rally to petition. But some people are saying that the larger library alone would be sufficient enough and that the state's well being depends upon this cut. What do you guys think? * Name has been changed for privacy purposes.