Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Act Now! Save Ohio Libraries!

Dear Library Friends and Patrons,

As you have probably heard on the news, Governor Strickland has proposed a last minute change to the State Budget: he proposes to cut funding for Ohio's Libraries by an additional $100 million dollars a year for the next two years.

The proposed cuts would cost Washington-Centerville Library almost $1.3 million over the next two years – a cut of more than 20% of total revenue. The cut for this year would be in addition to the revenue reductions the library is already facing because of declining state tax revenues.

We have already absorbed drops in state funding while working hard to avoid reducing services for our patrons. We are fortunate to have a local operating levy to augment state funding but, if the Governor’s proposal is approved, we will have to consider reductions in service, materials and possibly even hours and staffing.

The Governor's proposed funding cuts come at a time when Ohio's public libraries are experiencing unprecedented increases in demands for services. At Washington-Centerville Library, check out of materials is up 10% and library visits are up 15%. Citizens are visiting for free high speed Internet access and help with employment searches, children and teens are enjoying summer reading programs, and people of all ages are turning to the library as a lifeline during these difficult economic times. We have only 3-4 days to influence this proposed cut to library funding! Please do your part to Save Ohio’s Libraries.

Contact your legislators

Centerville/Washington Township area residents -- use this online form letter to automatically send an e-mail to your state legislators and the governor to let them know what your library means to you! If you prefer to contact them personally, call them or click below to send this form letter directly to their e-mail.

If you don’t live in Centerville / Washington Township, locate your State Representative or State Senator and send them a letter or an e-mail.

Spread the word!

After contacting your legislators, help us spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Here are some suggestions:
  • Send an email to your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues
    Ohio libraries are in jeopardy. I contacted the governor and my legislators to let them know what my library means to me. Find out how you can help, too: http://www.wcpl-insidestory.blogspot.com/

  • Wear Red and attend our Red Rally on Thursday, June 25th!
    Wear red and join us on the front lawn of Centerville Library, 111 W Spring Valley Rd. at 4:00 PM to make a public statement about your support for libraries.

  • Update your Facebook status
    _____ contacted my elected officials to help save Ohio libraries and you should too. Find out more: http://www.wcpl-insidestory.blogspot.com/

  • Post a Tweet on Twitter
    I contacted my elected officials to help save Ohio libraries and you should too. Find out more: http://www.wcpl-insidestory.blogspot.com/

  • Change your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites
    Right click on the image at right, save it to your desktop, and upload as your profile picture to show your support of Ohio libraries.


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