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INVESTING IN EDUCATION MEANS INVESTING IN BETTER LIBRARIES!
Libraries provide the keys to a literate population and are an essential part of a strong education for all Pennsylvanians. No other educational institution does so much for people of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances as the library. Strategic investment in libraries provides opportunities for all residents to learn skills and literacies that are crucial in connecting them to the world of information and ideas.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh relies on State funding to provide critical services to our community such as early learning programs for children, engaging out-of-school time for teens, job search assistance and computer and Internet access.
After nine years of stagnant and declining State budgets, it has become increasingly difficult to provide essential literacy services.
Please take a moment to contact your state legislators and Governor Wolf's office by calling, mailing, or emailing by clicking here, to urge them to make a stronger investment in library services in the final 2015-16 budget.
The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) has approved a plan that will provide libraries with the resources needed to meet the growing demands of the public. PaLA's long-term goals call for:
- Public Library Subsidy: $60 million ($6.5 million increase over current funding) 5-Year Goal by 2019-2020: $93.250 million
- Library Access line item: $4.5 million ($1.429 million increase over current funding) 5-Year Goal by 2019-2020: $7.386 million
- Library Services for Visually Impaired & Disabled: $3.0 million ($400,000 increase over current funding)
Being mindful of extreme budgetary pressures facing State lawmakers, CLP is supportive of phasing in this long-term strategy.
It is important that libraries begin to be recognized for their critical role as major contributors in the education of all Pennsylvania residents.
Please contact your state legislator TODAY!
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