Libraries Need Your Help!

Posted on Monday 22 June 2009

On Friday, June 19th, the Governor proposed a cut in the Public Library Fund of $227.3 million in fiscal years 2010 and 2011 as part of his plan to patch the $3.2 billion gap in the state budget that must be filled by June 30th.  This will mean a more than 50% cut in funding for many of Ohio’s public libraries.

This would result in drastic cuts in services, staff and hours of operation. While the state is experiencing an 18% reduction in revenue, the cut would be especially devastating for Ohio’s public libraries. Keep in mind that not a single library closed during the Great Depression.

We are encouraging all of our patrons to contact Ohio legislators and the Governor’s Office on behalf of Ohio libraries before June 30th. Let them know what your library means to you! Contact information is listed below.

Not sure what to write? Check out this sample letter.

Governor Ted Strickland

Senator Bill Harris, President of the Senate

Senator David Goodman, 3rd District

Representative Kevin Bacon, 21st District

Representative Marian Harris, 19th District

Representative Nancy Garland, 20th District

Representative Kris Jordan, 2nd District

For more information on the budget proposal, please refer to this article from Library Journal, or the Save Ohio Libraries website.

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