The term "budget cuts" seems to be an all-too-common refrain around libraries. Last month the Jacksonville, FL library canceled four of their five bookings due to financial cutbacks. And this month the Lake Dallas, TX library might have to cancel tomorrow's program for the same reason. The Lake Dallas Friends of the Library (the group responsible for programming) has disbanded because of funding restrictions, suspending all programming indefinitely.
Joe Gunter, the Lake Dallas library director, emailed me on Thursday explaining "we are going to have to cancel", but confusingly in the same email offered a reduced rate (payment lower than what we had agreed upon months ago). I replied promptly accepting the reduced rate and encouraging him to not cancel the program. That was Thursday. As of this writing (Sunday morning), I still have not heard anything back at all. So I'm not even sure if tomorrow's program is happening or not.
While this is hugely frustrating for me (Joe admitted he's known about this for two weeks but never bothered telling me until three days ago), it's even worse for the library, which has suffered 45% budget cuts over the past two years. I hope that trend reverses. If it doesn't, then the future looks pretty bleak for the Lake Dallas library, and many other libraries across the nation facing similar budget cuts.
I really hope we're still on for tomorrow, but with no communication either way, I'm just not sure. If you plan to attend, be sure to call beforehand (their number is 940-497-3566) to confirm things are still on:
Monday, 14 March 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lake Dallas Public Library, 302 S Shady Shores Rd, Lake Dallas, TX
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.