We received an important message from the Friends of Seattle Public Library blog for all Belltowners:
The Friends of the SPL have an urgent request for support for the library. The library's collections budget has been severely cut in the Mayor's most recent budget. There is a 2.2 million dollar shortfall - this in the face of registrations that are up and a growing city population. The library's collection budget is still at less than 2002 levels.
The collections budget is what is used for putting materials on the shelves. When it takes six months to get a book that you are waiting for, the shortfall in the collections budget is the reason why!
The Friends are asking for support from the public to let City Council members know how important the library is. People can write letters, send emails, or best of all attend the Council meetings. We put out a call for support last year and it made a big difference.
Love your library! Click here for more details on how you can make a difference.