Help Save Connecticut Libraries

Connecticut Libraries are in trouble. The proposed budget has cut all funding to the libraries.

Which means:

  • 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 write your state representatives and the governor (take a look at this sample letter if you need help composing your letter)

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.

What Libraries Do

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!

More Resources:

I Love Libraries

American Library Association

Keeping Public Libraries Public

VTDigger.org

Campaign for America’s Libraries

Let’s keep the conversation going, tell me in the comments why you want your library saved.

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Help Save Connecticut Libraries

  1. Pingback: National Library Week! Celebrate! Reasons to Love your Library! | Two Bitty Elephants

  2. I know this won’t be a popular opinion, but I am torn on this matter.

    Whenever I hear of possible library closures (they happen all the time around the country), I suspect that it is more often an alarmist tactic to keep money flowing into the already-bloated government purses. It’s a surefire way to drum up public support to keep feeding the governmental machine.

    Like proclaiming we’re going to shut down convalescent homes and kick old people to the street, it naturally evokes terror in the hearts of many people.

    I too enjoy the library, but when you think about it, having access to a library is no more a right than having access to a public park or Sesame Street on PBS (especially at taxpayer expense).

    Since when have we as a free people become so dependant upon government services that we are beside ourselves when the possiblity looms of one of those services being cut?

    Do we not (rightly) condemn those who come to “expect” the government to support them on welfare at taxpayer’s expense? When we expect the government to provide us, not with food, but with libraries and parks, are we not of the same mindset?

    Just some food for thought on the matter. l’ll stand by for my mericless beating now. 🙂

    Like

    • Thank you so much for sharing another side of the matter. I love that there are people who want to challenge others to think. You ask a lot of great questions.
      And I suppose that there is a little fear in me; I’m afraid that without sufficient funding libraries will close. I’m afraid that the libraries that are affected the most need the funding the most because access to those libraries are the only access for some people to technology, information, and enrichment programs. This, I believe, would cause a greater gap in communities and in education.
      For whatever reason this issue has struck my heart. And if funding is cut completely from the state, my hope is that the libraries will team up to help one another so that the libraries in the communities that don’t have the means to help fund them will not have to close their doors.
      I feel compelled to continue researching and will keep you posted on my findings. (I have not found any one source to tell me which states provide funding and which do not.)
      Thank you again for your comment 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • I’ve been mulling over your thought-provoking comments. I think access to libraries, like that of park/natural spaces, IS something that the government should be using taxes for. It is something everyone can use and it isn’t consumed — more like public roads than welfare. And public education — we pay for that. Grudgingly maybe, but because we feel the money is being misspent, not because we don’t want children to be able to read & write! The library is a place of education for adults…and children!
      ~Lee

      Like

  3. Pingback: Friday’s Top Five Finds from the Library (4/17) | Two Bitty Elephants

Comments are closed.