Save our Libraries!!!
Don't let the Placer County Board of Supervisors close the Loomis and Meadow Vista Libraries.
Rosalie Wohlfromm wrote the following prepared speech that will be read at the upcoming Board of Supervisor Meeting (April 7th 9:00 AM) in which the discussion on closing the libraries was to occur. Due to public pressure, the vote on closing the libraries has been delayed:
On March 10th, over 200 people attended the Loomis Town Hall meeting to save their beloved Loomis Library. Many of our members were in attendance that night. Because of budget restraints, a recommendation to close the Loomis and Meadow Vista libraries was made. Seemingly this was the only option to keep the library system viable. We would urge you to find another solution.
Our libraries are integral parts of the communities in which they are located. The citizens use the libraries, not only to borrow books, but to avail themselves of the various programs available. Computers are on site for the benefit of everyone. School children who may need them to complete term papers, to adults looking for jobs. Tax preparation services by the AARP are conducted at these facilities also. Various club meetings are conducted at our libraries, including ours. They are places where people feel safe to congregate, both in morning hours and evenings.
Also, the Loomis facility is used as a heating/cooling shelter for residents during extreme weather events.
Our libraries have been operating on what I would call a â€œshoe-stringâ€ budget for years, augmented by a myriad number of volunteers, such as the Friends of the Library, of which I am a member, and by the bi-monthly used book sales.
We realize cuts to the budget may be necessary, but our feeling is that our libraries should be given a bit more of the pie to work with. According to the Proposed Budget for FY 2014/15 totaling a bit over $792 million, the county libraries are allocated just .007%, a little over $5.8 million. This is a reduction of 7.3% from the previous yearâ€™s budget allocation.
We urge you to really listen to all the speakers today. Hear the passion in their voices and make the right decision.
Placer County Democratic Party
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