SPL needs your help

I just received an urgent notice from a volunteer at Friends of the Seattle Public Library. It reads as follows:

The library’s collections budget has been severely cut in the Mayor’s most recent budget. There is a 2.2 million dollar shortfall – this in the face of registrations that are up and a growing city population. The library’s collection budget is still at less than 2002 levels.

The collections budget is what is used for putting materials on the shelves. When it takes six months to get a book that you are waiting for, the shortfall in the collections budget is the reason why!

The Friends are asking for support from the public to let City Council members know how important the library is. People can write letters, send emails, or best of all attend the Council meetings tomorrow between 4:30 and 5:30 (or call during the same time frame). We put out a call for support last year and it made a big difference.

Seattle Public Library

Seattle Public Library

Here’s how you can help: 1) send a handwritten letter to your councilmembers: Jean Godden, Jan Drago, Nick Licata, Bruce Harrell, Tim Burgess, Richard Conlin, Tom Rasmussen, Richard McIver, and Sally Clark at Seattle City Hall, Floor 2, POB 34025, Seattle Wa 98124-4025. Tell them what branch you use, how you use the library, and why the branch is important to you and/or your community. Thank them for past support and ask them to consider increasing the library’s collections budget. 2) Email council members. Their emails are in the form: firstname.lastname@seattle.gov Tell them your name, the branch you use, how you use the library and how it is important. Thank them for their past support and ask them to increase the library’s collections budget. 3) Call City Council between 4:30 and 5:30 on Oct 8 at 684-0481 or email in the same time frame to: council.live@seattle.gov messages received in that hour count as “official testimony” in the first public hearing on the mayor’s budget.

More information available on the Friends of Seattle Public Library blog.

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