Connecticut Libraries are in trouble. The proposed budget has cut all funding to the libraries.
- No funding to keep many library services and programs running
- Connecticard, the program that allows patrons to borrow materials from any public library in the state, will be eliminated.
- Interlibrary loan will no longer be available
- there will be no basic support for public libraries because state grants will be eliminated
- No group discounts- which saves libraries thousands of dollars each year
- Connecticut Education Network will be eliminated
- technology expenses like internet services are likely to no longer exist
- purchasing new materials will be difficult
- programming available at libraries will discontinue
- funding for staffing will be nonexistent
- library cuts will cost taxpayers
- literacy programs will go away
- some libraries will close their doors as a result of these cuts
- once these statutes (funding the libraries) are eliminated they will be near impossible to restore = no library
How can YOU help?
I realize many of you may not be residents of CT and think “why should I care?” Well, libraries are so much more than just books. And Connecticut is not the only state in trouble (California, New Jersey, Wisconsin are just a few I have found). Check out this interactive map to find out what’s happening with your state’s libraries.
You can facebook, tweet, and talk to people you know
You can sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries
More reasons to save our libraries:
The role of libraries in communities are shifting. “Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces.”
The E’s of Libraries help to promote: Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Engagement for Everyone, Everywhere.
Some of my personal reasons to save our libraries:
We go to the library at least once a week. We check out books. All. The. Time. We find books of interest and books to help us learn more about a topic from other libraries and rely on the inter-library loan program. We socialize with other kids and moms who are visiting the library.
Our community uses the library as a safe haven, a neutral ground. We have a lot of homeless people who retreat to stay warm in winter and cool in the summer AND they use internet services to aide in finding a job or finding a home. We have a family member who currently is without a home and the library has been a huge resource for him.
Needless to say our libraries facilitate reading and literacy which in turn helps to educate the people in our communities. We NEED libraries!
Let’s keep the conversation going, tell me in the comments why you want your library saved.