Last night's "read-in" to save the fate of six Indianapolis libraries was a moderate success, drawing more than 125 protesters, according to the Indianapolis Star:

"I hope this makes people aware," said organizer Jim Mulholland. "There are a lot of people in this city that don't realize the library crisis isn't solved."

In April, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library administrators proposed closing six branches and cutting jobs to trim a projected $7.3 million deficit by 2014. The Library Board will continue discussions on its 2011 budget tonight.

As I mentioned last week, those interested in saving these six branches are encouraged to speak up at the board meeting tonight, Thursday, July 15th, at 6:30 p.m., at the Clewes Auditorium in the Central Library.

For more information about the meeting click through to the protest organizers' Facebook page, here. Let's see if Mayor Ballard is able to keep his pledge to do everything in his power to save the libraries — particularly in light of this week's news that the city has managed to scrape together a $33.5 million loan for the Indiana Pacers to keep them at Conseco Fieldhouse for three years. Let's see where our priorities really lie.

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