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:
1. Attend the Citizen’s Budget Conference 2010 on Sunday, January 31st at the Seattle Center House
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.
2. Send Mayor McGinn a comment in support of The Seattle Public Library today
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]
3. Email Councilmember President Richard Conlin today
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.
If you’d like more information about the 2010 Library budget, click here. And stay tuned to the Friends’ blog for more information about the 2011 budget.
Thanks for your support; your voices made a difference last year, and can make a difference again this year!