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COVID cuts threaten SH Library staff

On Nov. 17, three part-time staffers at the Sweet Home Library received an unexpected letter: a layoff notice.

The letter gave them 28 days of notice for a “potential” layoff, which would make their last day of work Dec. 15. While the staff were surprised, the writer of the letter, City Manager Ray Towry, said last week the move was “not unexpected,” considering the budget process in the spring and the dire situation of COVID-19.

Other city departments have kept vacancies open to save money, Towry said, but the library has remained fully staffed until now.

The only full-time staffer...