Fret not! You can do your part to keep the books on the shelves and not sold off in a fire sale, for goodness sake. Here’s the entire appeal from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles:
A drastic cut in the number of books on the shelves and closing libraries on Sundays will be among the effects of the proposed City budget for the Los Angeles Public Library.
Now is the time to voice your support for this essential educational and cultural resource by asking the Mayor and City Council to reverse these devastating cuts to the Library’s budget.
On May 1, the Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to hold public hearings regarding the proposed 2008-2009 City Budget.
We urge you to make your concern known to the Mayor and members of the City Council, whose contact information may be accessed here.
Here’s what you can do:
· E-mail, fax or telephone the mayor or city officials, using the sample letter we have provided for your reference.
· Share these key message points as well as the sample letter with other friends and colleagues who in turn can serve as advocates.
· You or your friends can appear in person at the May 1 public hearings to show your concern with a sign or a T-shirt that indicates your support for restored city funding of the library. Your presence will certainly make a difference. Be sure to check City Hall schedules to confirm day and time of the proposed budget hearings.
By its charter, the Library Foundation is to raise private funds that supplement but do not supplant the City’s responsibility to fund core services. Specifically, the Library Foundation is to fund enhancement programs for children, teens and adults; the City is to fund books, staff, maintenance, security, and infrastructure. Now our city leaders must do their share and meet their obligation to adequately fund the library.
Thank you for your support of the Los Angeles Public Library!
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles