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posted by October 8 at 12:00 PMon
Friends of Seattle Public Library have a very important post up on their blog right now. The Library’s budget has been slashed by our friend, the Mayor. Here’s the gist:
Library collections are funded by city government. This year the Mayor proposes a budget for library collections that is over 2 million dollars short of the library’s projected need. Last year was the first year, because of City Council action, that the library received more funding for collections than they had in 2002. In fact, between 2002 and 2004 the library’s collections budget was cut by 26%. Lack of funding over a long period of time impacts the quality of collections in our library system. Last year there was progress. This year we’re looking at another funding loss.
What do they propose you do about this? I’m glad you asked. The City Council has the power to restore the budget to its pre-Mayor Hack’n’Slash state.
Here’s how you can help: 1) Email council members: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Tell them your name, the branch you use, how you use the library and how it is important. Thank them for their past support and ask them to increase the library’s collections budget. OR 2) send a handwritten letter to your councilmembers: Jean Godden, Jan Drago, Nick Licata, Bruce Harrell, Tim Burgess, Richard Conlin, Tom Rasmussen, Richard McIver, and Sally Clark at Seattle City Hall, Floor 2, POB 34025, Seattle Wa 98124-4025. Tell them what branch you use, how you use the library, and why the branch is important to you and/or your community. Thank them for past support and ask them to consider increasing the library’s collections budget. 3) Call City Council between 4:30 and 5:30 on Oct 8 at 684-0481 or email in the same time frame to: firstname.lastname@example.org messages received in that hour count as “official testimony” in the first public hearing on the mayor’s budget.
For further information: email@example.com
Cutting funding to the library is completely bullshit. SPL is one of the best things about this town. Make sure your council members know that.
UPDATE: Erica covered this last week, and did a much better job of explaining it than I do. You should read her post.