Turnout weak at first Budget hearing

library 039Friends of The Seattle Public Library board member Tony Provine gives a “thumbs up” to the sign for tonight’s  City Council meeting about the 2010 proposed budget. A crowd of approximately 30 sat in the auditorium of Whitman Middle School along with seven of nine members of Seattle City Council until shortly after 7 pm talking about the budget.

Library supporter Gloria Butts asked the Council to imagine the 13 million people who are relying on The Library for services. Unfortunately, imagination is what the Council will have to rely on if Library supporters continue to stay home. Only one community member joined Friends board members in asking for restoration of the 17,000+ service hours that will be lost if the proposed 2010 budget is adopted.

Your presence or absence at these hearings makes a tremendous difference.  21 of our libraries are in danger of closing twice a week and operating on greatly reduced hours.  Please take one short evening to come out and tell City Council that you care. These hearings are lightly attended and involve an approximately two hour time commitment. RSVP to advocacy@friendsofspl.org for more information.

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