Neighborhoods are just getting settled into their new and rennovated branch libraries and usage is skyrocketing. Funding cuts coming now, just as the library is completing it’s ten year growth and expansion, Libraries For All, would hit hard.
The Libraries For All project that Seattle passed in 1998 was the largest capital bond in the United States at the time. It guided the rennovation of existing libraries, built a new Central library and added service to some neighborhoods. That kind of public investment and support drew national attention and created a library system with International recognition. The Ballard, Beacon Hill, Douglass-Truth, South Park, Northgate, and Montlake branches and Central library have garnered many community and architectural awards.
Seattle, we voted with our pocketbooks and now we’re voting with our feet. Visits to Central library are up 211% since 2003. Now we need to vote by email in order to protect our investment. Please help Friends of The Seattle Public Library tell elected officials that library collections need their support. The Mayor has proposed funding that is 2.2 million dollars short of the library’s need. Please ask City Council to increase the mayor’s proposed collections budget to bring it nearer the amount the library must have to meet growing neighborhood demand. Councilmember emails: 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