Have you ever dreamed of how our libraries could be? Do you have ideas of how libraries could be better? Is there a service you need that isn’t being offered? In early March The Seattle Public Library will be asking all of us to “think big” about the future of the library…stay tuned to this blog for more information.
Due to budget cuts, operating hours at many Library branches will be reduced starting on February 3. Click here to see how your neighborhood branch will be affected.
What can you do to help prevent further reductions in Library services? Our elected officials are setting 2011 (yes, that’s right, 2011) budget priorities now, so here are 3 things you can do now:
Why: The Mayor, City Council members and City agency representatives will be there, and you can ask them questions and tell them why it is important to maintain funding for Library hours and collections.
How: Click here for more info. There are two key times for speaking in support of The Seattle Public Library
- 2 to 2:55 pm when The Seattle Public Library gives a presentation
- 4 to 5 pm for a special meeting of the Seattle City Council Budget Committee to discuss the budget and take public comment
If you plan to attend, please email the Friends’ Advocacy Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep an eye out for you.
Why: Mayor McGinn acts on community voices. Please tell him why The Library is important to you and our community.
How: Click here for a link to the Mayor’s website, where you can give him your comments and suggestions. Feel free to send him your own message, but here’s a sample you can use or adapt:
Topic/Subject Line: No More Budget Reductions for The Seattle Public Library in 2011
Message: I use [FILL IN YOUR BRANCH ] neighborhood library. On February 3rd my branch hours are changing. I want you to support The Seattle Public Library in the 2011 budget. [PLEASE ADD A PERSONAL MESSAGE ABOUT WHAT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY MEANS TO YOU AND HOW YOU USE IT]
Why: Councilmember Conlin now chairs the council’s Library committee, and needs to know how important continued funding is for the Library.
How: Email him at email@example.com. See the sample message above, or come up with your own message.
Thanks for your support; your voices made a difference last year, and can make a difference again this year!
It happened in 2005, it happened in 2006 and it almost happened in 2008. At the close of 2009 the title of America’s most literate city was awarded to Seattle once again. The Seattle Times reported this honor on Dec 23 when most of us were deep in holiday activity. This year, as we brace for the likely reduction in hours at many neighborhood branch libraries, we reflect on why Seattle so consistently wins this honor and how it benefits our community.
Dr. John W Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, author of the most literate city survey, notes that top ranking cities also tend to perform highly in other quality of life measures including: most active singles scenes, safest, most walkable, and healthiest.
“Most literate cities” are ranked by measuring 6 different factors: publications, newspapers, libraries, booksellers, internet resources and education. Each factor is examined in several ways. Library services are measured 4 different ways:
1. Number of branch libraries per 10,000 library service population
2. Volumes held in the library per capita of library service population
3. Number of circulations per capita of library service population
4. Number of library professional staff per 10,000 library service population
Please join us in keeping The Seattle Public Library strong. A strong library makes a difference in our personal lives, in our community and neighborhoods, and in our city’s well being.