Walked by the closest thing we’ve got to a west branch Evanston Public Library the other day. It’s a new Redbox DVD vending machine outside the Walgreens on Green Bay Road.
A private firm offers service to neighborhoods the library can’t find the funds to serve.
And that’s the way things will stay for next year under the budget adopted by the Evanston Library Board Monday night.
The board voted to spend $46,000 to add a fifth day of operations at the north and south branch libraries, but not an extra dime for a new west branch.
And the backers of the existing branch libraries — who during the meeting played a video they’d produced interviewing west side residents about the need for a library there — applauded the new budget.
That about sums it up folks. The branchers trot out west siders to make propaganda points and then dump them when it comes time to decide where the money goes.
Meanwhile, west siders will fully share in paying the 11 percent tax increase the library board wants to impose.