A bunch of whiny readers is trying to stir up trouble in Indianapolis:
Dozens of readers stretched out with books on blankets and in lawn chairs on the American Legion Mall across the street from the main branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, reading quietly to themselves to protest proposed budget cuts that could reduce hours and close library branches.
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The city's library system is facing a $7 million budget deficit by 2014 as acknowledged by Mayor Greg Ballard Monday.
"Over the past few months my administration has engaged the library system to prevent branch closings," Ballard said.
Ballard's comment came as he announced a $33.5 million deal to loan operating funds to the Indiana Pacers to keep the NBA team at Conseco Fieldhouse for the next three years.
"We're pumping a huge amount of money in this city into sports and I just think we need to have a better balance," said Gail Fox as she participated in the Read In. "It seems like lately we've put a huge amount of money into our sports facility and sports team and then when the rubber meets the road, we decide to cut our libraries."
Hey, people like to go to basketball games, and that creates "economic development." Nobody cares about your stupid old books, so shut up about it.