Call for Action!
The Governor is proposing a 50% further cut to the Public Library Fund—our primary source of funding!
If the Ohio General Assembly accepts the Governor’s proposal, our Library’s state funding would be cut an additional $6 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2010, on top of funding already reduced by 25% since 2000. The consequences would be devastating. By September 2009, you would see up to 20 of our 40 branch libraries closed, dramatic reduction in Main Library hours, 250 additional Library jobs lost, computer access reduced by over 30%, fewer new materials available, diminished quality of service and less qualified staff to help. These drastic cuts come at a time when our Library is experiencing unprecedented increases in demands for services. Residents are turning to the Library for free high speed Internet to access employment opportunities and to apply for jobs online. Libraries are an integral part of education, and offer critical services for small businesses, seniors, and those looking for information and entertainment.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN SUMMER READING
Discover the pleasures of reading while earning prizes when you join this year’s Summer Reading program going on now through July 31. So whether you’re 3 or 103, you can explore great books, attend exciting programs, and enjoy prizes. Stop by any of our 41 convenient locations to pick up an official game card or just print one off from our website and begin reading
BEACH BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
Heading for the beach? The mountains? Or just the local pool? Wherever you're going this summer, make sure you pack some books in with your maps, sunscreen, and flip-flops! Need a few ideas? Check out our list filled with sizzling, scary, and suspenseful reads.
GOT QUESTIONS? TEXT A LIBRARIAN!
Getting the answer to your question is easier than ever. Quick responses to simple questions are provided by phone, fax, email, in person, and after July 6 via "text messaging" service. To send a question to Library staff using a mobile phone: Text to 66746. Start the body of the text with the keyword askus, then a space, followed by your question. For example: askus what are 3 great books on the civil war?