Much of the public testimony before Seattle City Council’s budget meeting , April 20, 2009, was about the importance of our libraries. Friends of The Seattle Public Library Vice President, Jennifer Johnson-Fong, presented petitions signed by more than 800 library supporters at: Wallingford, Northeast, Ballard, Queen Anne, Douglass Truth, Central, and Lake City Libraries as well as from independent booksellers and the Friends of The Seattle Public Library Book Sale.
She told Council, “All of us who collected signatures on these petitions heard from people who recognize the value of The Library, not just in these hard economic times, but as a steadfast, egalitarian neighborhood institution that anybody in Seattle can visit.
Branch patrons, book lovers from the Friends Booksale and Independent bookstores, and Seattle neighborhood residents are thanking you all for your past support and urging you to continue to preserve Library funding as you begin to think ahead to the budget for 2010.”
Friends of The Seattle Public Library thank all of you that helped with this Spring Campaign drive or who signed our petitions for preserving library funds. Thanks to many of you that emailed your elected officials with library support. Thanks as well to booksellers that graciously hosted a petition. Each and every one of you made a difference for The Seattle Public Library by bringing attention to the important ways it stabilizes families, individuals, and neighborhoods.
Library supporters who came to the budget meeting today are patrons from: Queen Anne, Highpoint, West Seattle, Mt Baker, Northeast, Central, and Douglass Truth libraries. If you’d like to help Friends of The Seattle Public Library keep our library system strong and vibrant contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.