This is Thalia’s story. What’s yours? November 23, 2009
Holiday Book Sale! November 20, 2009
This Saturday, November 21 from 9-5, we are hosting a mini sale featuring gift books and items, a large selection of cookbooks and children’s books, and general non-fiction and fiction. Most books $1.00.
Hangar in Building #30
7400 Sand Point Way NE
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library wishes to express true appreciation for all the individual and neighborhood support given to the Advocacy committee’s fall budget campaign. Emails, letters, blogs, phone calls, over 2,000 petition signatures from Facebook and neighborhood branches, public testimony, and a successful “500 emails” campaign all raised City Council’s awareness to a new level.
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to restore $860,000 to The Seattle Public Library’s operating budget. In Mayor Nickels’ proposed 2010 budget just 5 neighborhood branches were slated to operate at 60 hours a week and the other 21 at 35 hours a week. The restoration of $860,000 placed an additional 6 neighborhood branch libraries onto the 60 hour a week schedule – 11 branches will now be open 60 hours a week and 15 will be open 35 hours a week. The Library’s 2010 operations budget will still be reduced by $1.77 million dollars. All neighborhood branches will feel the effects of another one week closure of the entire system. The impact of the revised 2010 budget on The Seattle Public Library is available on The Library website HERE.
The efforts of all those who participated in the Friends fall budget campaign served to illustrate the importance of The Seattle Public Library to the Seattle City Council. The education of our public officials about the importance of neighborhood branch libraries couldn’t be done without your voice and the collective voices of neighborhood library supporters.
Please consider thanking council members for the bold step of partial funding restoration. Their email addresses are: 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; firstname.lastname@example.org
As Seattle residents you now have a unique educational opportunity to continue to share the importance of your neighborhood library by participating in Mayor Elect Mike McGinn’s Transition Input Survey. The deadline to participate is Sunday, November 23rd at 6 pm. You can fill out the survey HERE. Or share your views on the Mayor-elect’s Ideas for Seattle HERE.
You might also consider emailing incoming Seattle City Council members Mike O’Brien email@example.com and Sally Bagshaw firstname.lastname@example.org so they begin their terms understanding how important The Seattle Public Library is in Seattle’s neighborhoods.
To help further the Friends’ understanding of the diverse and dynamic ways people use their neighborhood library branches in Seattle, please take five minutes to answer our Library value survey and encourage friends and family to do the same. Click HERE for the survey.
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library thanks you again for your involvement. While this year’s budget victory is bittersweet for many, the Friends commends you. The Friends will look for your support to get back to the reality of Libraries for All as soon as possible.
Today, November 12, 2009, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to increase the General Subfund (GSF) support for library services by $860,000 in 2010. As described in the Seattle City Council’s green sheet Tab 94, Action 1, Option C, Version 1, “[$860,000] would restore 140 of the library operating hours that would be eliminated per the 2010 Proposed Budget. Increasing GSF support for library services by $860,000 would also allow the Library Board to reinstate some of the 27 staff positions (18.8 FTE [Full Time]) that would be eliminated under the 2010 Proposed Budget.”
The new operating hours for The Seattle Public Library will look like this with Option C as per the Seattle City Council’s green sheet Tab 94, Action 1, Option C, Version 1
- Hours remain at the current seven day, 62 hour weekly schedule
Ballard, Beacon Hill, Broadview, Capitol Hill, Douglass-Truth, Greenwood, Lake City, Northeast, Rainier Beach, Southwest and West Seattle:
Open 7 Days per week (60 hours per week):
Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm;
Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm;
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm
Columbia, Delridge, Fremont, Green Lake, High Point, International District/Chinatown, Madrona-Sally Goldmark, Magnolia, Montlake, NewHolly, Northgate, Queen Anne, South Park, University and Wallingford:
- Open 5 Days per week (35 hours per week, closed Friday and Sunday):
Monday – Tuesday, 1 pm – 8 pm;
Wednesday – Thursday, 11 am – 6 pm;
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm;
Seattle Neighborhood Blogs Take Up the Final Call to Action to Save Neighborhood Branch Library Hours November 7, 2009
Neighborhood blogs across Seattle are supporting the Friends of The Seattle Public Library! Thanks to the Laurelhurst Blog, Rainier Valley Post, Wallyhood, Miller Park, Beacon Hill Blog, My Green Lake and Wedgewood Blog for getting your communities involved in this final email campaign and thanks to Blogging Georgetown, Capitol Hill Seattle, Fremont Universe, Greenwood, Magnolia Voice, PhinneyWood, Queen Anne View and West Seattle Blog for their earlier support.
Your past emails have made a difference! Councilmembers Burgess, Harrell, and Licata are committed to preserving the current hours of operations at all neighborhood branches of The Seattle Public Library. We have launched this final e-mail campaign targeted at Councilmembers Clark, Conlin, Drago, Godden, McIver, and Rasmussen to urge them to join Councilmembers Burgess, Harrell, and Licata in preserving our present neighborhood Library hours. Please send the email outlined below today:
TO: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
CC: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
SUBJECT: $1.2 Million Restoration of Library Funds
TEXT: Dear Councilmembers Clark, Conlin, Drago, Godden, McIver, and Rasmussen,
Please join fellow Councilmembers Burgess, Harrell and Licata and vote for Option A to restore the 330 weekly service hours to keep our libraries open normal hours in 2010.
OPTIONAL: I use the XYZ neighborhood branch for XYZ. OR Share a more personal message about why your neighborhood branch is important to you.
On Nov. 2, Seattle City Councilmembers began discussing four options to partially restore the 5% reduction in the endorsed Library budget. None of the options will prevent another one week furlough in 2010, but the best choice, Option A, does preserve Library hours in your neighborhood branch at their current level and prevents the loss of 27 Library staff positions.
The proposed hours reduction would mean that Beacon Hill, Broadview, Capitol Hill, Columbia, Delridge, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood, High Point, International District / Chinatown, Madrona-Sally Goldmark, Magnolia, Montlake, NewHolly, Northeast, Northgate, Queen Anne, South Park, University, Wallingford and West Seattle would be closed on Fridays and Sundays, plus operate at reduced hours – all year.
Thank you Seattle Neighborhood Blogs and their readers for all your support and dedication to your neighborhood library branches. Please ask your Seattle friends and family to join you in this final email campaign to save neighborhood branch library hours.
For information on how the Seattle City Council candidates responded to our questions on Library budget issues, see the FSPL website for the 2009 edition of our newsletter.
We didn’t receive responses from mayoral candidates Joe Mallahan and Mike McGinn in time for newsletter publication, but here’s a link to a Seattle Times article about their positions.