Closing the book Montreal Children’s Library closes 2 branches

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It’s one of the oldest privately funded libraries in the city, but the Montreal Children’s Library is closing two of its three branches next week.

The downtown and Little Burgundy branches will close on Friday, Oct. 28 due to lack of funding.

The City of Montreal currently pays 30 per cent of the library’s budget, but the rest is collected through fundraising.

Right now, the library is about $70,000 short of what it needs to stay alive and in addition to losing two of the branches, some jobs will be cut.

Executive director Helen Kyne explained to Global News donations have decreased so much, they have to focus their efforts on the only remaining library — the one in Saint-Michel, which has the highest traffic.

Mother Raquel Romano with her children in the library, Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

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A family affair

The branch at the Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre in Little Burgundy has been around for over 30 years.

The library means a lot for community members, like Raquel Romano, who often brings her three-year-old twins there.

The community centre said it will take over the program until December in an effort to raise enough funds to keep it going.

Kyne is hoping the organization’s partners at the downtown branch will also step in to keep it open.