As news of severe reductions in the Capital budget of our newly expanded Seattle Public Library system was being revealed today, patrons outside Ballard Public Library added their signatures to a city wide petition drive in support of library funding. In the cold weather two dozen people, pictured at left, waited for the library doors to open.
In two hours 75 people stopped to talk about the importance of the library and sign their names in support of library funding. One man wrote on the petition: worksource tells me to use the library computers to look for work and fill out my forms. Another woman wrote: the library is my lifeline in my job search.
Secret Garden bookshop will have a copy of the petition to sign through Sunday afternoon. The petition will be presented to City Council in a morning meeting on April 20, along with petitions from many other neighborhoods. We’ll also have petitions available at the Friends of The Library Book Sale this weekend. Did you realize it’s Book Sale time again?