Buffalo: Buffalo News Online, February 25th 2011.
"In a city like Buffalo -- with high levels of poverty, illiteracy and school dropouts -- the last thing that should be happening is squeezing library budgets to unsustainable levels, she said.
Thomas is still upset that the Teen Room in the Central Library -- a haven for youngsters without safe alternatives after school -- was closed in December because of belt-tightening.
"Libraries are the only place I can think of that offer a level playing field. Everybody gets to go, no matter how little you have, no matter how much you have," Susan A. Thomas, chairwoman of the library's board of trustees said."