Friday, July 10, 2009

Calling PA residents!

If anyone who reads this blog is a resident of Pennsylvania, please contact your senator and representative today to ask them not to cut state funding for public libraries. Public libraries provide important services to those most in need during tough economic times: students, the elderly, the un- or under-employed, and other underserved populations. Many public libraries provide assistance with education and job searches. They provide free entertainment in the form of books, magazines, music, and videos. Many host tax preparation workshops, educational seminars, and social activities for seniors, children, non-native-English speakers, and the disabled.

Public libraries rely on public dollars to stay in operation. If you live in Pennsylvania and have ever used, might ever use, or know someone who uses, a public library, please write to your state congresspeople today.

If you live in an area served by the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh, please attend one of the town hall sessions they are holding to determine "...the future direction of public library service to the community of Pittsburgh" (quoted from an email I received today):

WHO: Hosted by the leadership of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and moderated by representatives from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh.

WHAT: A brief program will be presented outlining the financial situation faced by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Individuals are encouraged to comment about Library services.

Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.
CLP - Main; Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue

Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m.
Carrick High School; Auditorium, 125 Parkfield Street

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
CCAC-Allegheny Campus; SSC Auditorium, 808 Ridge Avenue

As a library volunteer, I thank you!

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