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Even as it voted to close three branches by June 19, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library board said Thursday it still hopes to avoid closing more by persuading the county to restore $5 million in budget cuts.
Otherwise, the board says it will have to close about a dozen more branches by July 1, along with slashing 200 jobs.
County Manager Harry Jones has proposed cutting 50percent of the library's current budget - $17.7 million - to help cope with an $81.1 million projected shortfall.
The library trustees voted unanimously Thursday to close the Belmont Center, Carmel branch and Checkit Outlet, in part to show their willingness to make concessions.