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Budget cuts close Seattle libraries for a week — will that make us the most literate?

Minneapolis and Seattle are often cited as the most literate cities in the nation, but will this week’s closure of the Seattle’s libraries put us way ahead?

The library system there says it will be closed until Sept. 6 because of city budget cuts. It’s also closed Labor Day, so the doors will reopen Sept. 8.

The system-wide closure, along with other cuts, will help the library system meet a 2 percent budget reduction — about $1 million. The closure will save approximately $655,000, officials said.

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