We're not the only city facing cuts. The American Library Association has created a Save Libraries in Your State page on their website just to help communities take action.
It makes me so mad it's hard to write about it.
|Visiting my hometown library|
I loved the library so much that my best friend and I would regularly go to the library as a play date (although we called it "hanging out" back then). We'd take out books and read until one of our moms picked us up. I also tried to start a library for the kids in my neighborhood in the basement of my house.
- Libraries are among the most effective of all public services, serving more than 2/3 of the public with less than 2 percent of all tax dollars.
- Libraries are part of the solution when a community is struggling economically. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries support lifelong learning.
- As more and more Americans look for employment, libraries are helping level the playing field for job seekers. Only 44 percent of the top 100 U.S. retailers accepted in-store paper applications in 2006- down from 68 percent in 2004. Library staff report that many patrons are turning to library computers and Internet access to find work, apply for jobs online, type resumes and cover letters and open email accounts.
- In Florida, for every dollar of public support spent on public libraries, income or wages increases by $12.66, and returned $6.54 for every dollar invested.
- In South Carolina, the total direct and indirect return on investment for every $1 spent on the state's public libraries by South Carolina state and local governments is $4.48 - nearly 350 percent.
For inspiration, read the round up of creative ways Save Oakland Libraries is getting its message out (e.g. Guerilla Storytime, Silent Funeral Procession, Save Oakland Libraries Bike Ride) in the post, Save Oakland Public Libraries is AWESOME!!