Please Help: Funding to Libraries Reduced

mblcLogo_2015Funding for Library Resource Sharing and the Massachusetts Center for the Book are at risk. Please consider submitting this automated letter that will be sent to your senator(s) and representative(s) explaining the reasons we need to keep critical funding for Resource Sharing AND for the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

In the FY 2017 state budget proposal funding to libraries through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) was reduced by $450,009. Find detailed information in their July 11th press release.

“Libraries provide vital services for all residents. Demand for services is up for the tenth year in a row. The statewide resource sharing system and the collaborative way in which we work has helped libraries maintain core services, but we can’t provide the modern library services residents need when funding is reduced to a level that we haven’t seen for nearly twenty years,” said MBLC Director Dianne Carty.

2 comments on “Please Help: Funding to Libraries Reduced

  1. This is a letter I sent to Jerry Parisella. Please consider doing the same. The Beverly library needs your support. Thanks. Ciao, Tony Toledo

    Hello Representative Jerry Parisella,

    Governor Charlie Baker signed the $39 billion FY 2017 state budget proposal on July 8, 2016, vetoing $256 million in spending. Funding to libraries through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) was reduced by $450,009. Yikes!

    It is inconceivable to me to cut funding to Libraries at a time when more and more people depend on libraries. These cuts will affect every library patron across the Commonwealth.

    I implore you to restore funding to the Libraries of Massachusetts.

    Override the Governor’s veto, find the goose who lays the golden eggs, or climb up the bean stalk to get gold from the giant Jack found. Please do what ever it takes to fully fund our Libraries.

    I thank you from the bottom of my book bag.

    Tony Toledo, Storyteller

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