WEST FARMS - About $40 million could get slashed from city libraries as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg?s budget cuts, threatening to drastically affect Bronx libraries.

If the cuts go forward, 12 library branches would be forced to close citywide. Instead of six days per week, libraries would only be open four days, with one-third fewer books on shelves.

Children's programs, as well as job-seeking programs, are also on the chopping block.

The West Farms Library collected more than 3,000 signatures from concerned parents and students about the proposed cuts.

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