A common adage: “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone” comes to mind when thinking about The Seattle Public Library. This will be the third year in a row that all libraries have been compelled to close for at least one week during the year because of repeated dramatic cuts to their budget and consecutive years of insufficient funds to support the explosion of information and services needed by our community. We miss our libraries already because of the reduced hours at more than half our branch libraries. When we voted for Libraries For All over ten years ago we had such a different future in mind.
We can change this disturbing trend and put our libraries back on the path of excellence by letting The Seattle City Council know that we support an August levy to restore and improve core services and to preserve what we have rather than accept yet another year of downgrading. Consider attending the very important April 3rd City Council hearing on the Library’s request to place this levy before Seattle voters.
Here are five reasons why we love our libraries and commit to supporting library services. We hope you’ll join us in active library support. Together we can return The Seattle Public Library to the standard of excellence we envisioned and provide it with needed funds to meet changing technological needs and the hopes of our neighborhoods.
1) The Seattle Public Library promotes academic success for all children and students and provides much needed afterschool computer access and homework help for kids in families with financial need.
2)Libraries are our community gathering points and our city’s classroom.
3)The Seattle Public Library evens the playing field for poor and unemployed adults and helps them recover stability by providing computer access, free information, and job hunting resources.
4)The library is free! High speed bandwidth and computers, famous authors, books, e-books, databases, podcasts, movies, resources in six languages, classes, tax help- it’s all free.
5) Libraries anchor our neighborhoods by contributing to economic health and promoting an atmosphere of community.