- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City public libraries are calling up some literary heavyweights in their fight for a bigger budget.

Authors Robert Caro, Tom Wolfe and Toni Morrison were among more than 60 writers and artists who signed a letter asking Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) to earmark more money for libraries.

Officials at the three city library systems say their funding has been cut by $65 million since 2008.

De Blasio proposed an increase of $300 million to the libraries’ capital budget, bringing it to $900 million. The libraries are asking for a $1.4 billion increase to help repair aging buildings.

The library heads made their case at a City Council hearing Monday.

By law, a budget agreement must be in place by the end of June.

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