Now that the City Council has approved Mayor Sheila Dixon's 2009-10 budget, get ready for reduced services at the Enoch Pratt.

Beginning July 1, hours will be reduced across the Pratt system, with most libraries closing one day a week. the new schedule for the Central Library: Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday (October to May): 1 to 5 p.m.

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These branches will close on Fridays: Hamilton, Herring Run and Light Street. Sunday hours will be eliminated at the Southeast Anchor Library.

The changes, which resulted from a tight city budget, could also affect the Pratt's stellar programming. The library attracted standing-room crowds for Junot Diaz and Michael Pollan this year, and brought many other authors to Baltimore. Let's hope that can continue.

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