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1/3 of Oakland libraries are closed due to budget cuts; nonprofit group's efforts have reopened some by paying librarians, purchasing supplies, and tapping a volunteer network.

"It's hard to keep track of the many educational programs that no longer exist in California because of budget cuts enacted during the past decade. The elimination of adult education in local school districts is one example. School libraries have also lost significant financial support. In Oakland, one-third of the public school libraries have been closed for years, and another third are only open part-time with limited staffing — mostly by volunteers."-- Pamela Drake, the East Bay Express

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