Did you know that Governor David Paterson is proposing a $2.4 million cut in Library Aid in the NYS 2010-2011 Executive Budget? This will be the fifth cut in less than two years and will bring Library Aid down from $102 million in 2007 to $84.5 million in 2010. These cuts combined total an $18 million or 18% reduction in funding for library services. Libraries are part of our safety net—they are essential to life long learning, jobs and opportunity, quality of life and community empowerment.
Last year, when my husband was out of work, we looked to the library for resources on cutting our household expenses, living on a budget and for entertainment purposes. The library had those resources for us! Our children use library resources for educational learning and for reading entertainment. The library is our second home.
We asked some of our patrons why the library is essential in their lives...here are some of the answers!
- My library is essential because: "My son couldn't live without the library. He has a great love for the library!"
- My library is essential because: "It is the touchstone of Canastota and life!"
- My library is essential because: "Without it, I would be lost."
- My library is essential because: "It offers many hours of peaceful entertainment."
- My library is essential because: " We couldn't afford to buy books for our children. We don't have a computer at home. My children use the library to get information for school like the computers and books that the library has."
When we, as a people, seem to have less resources, the libraries are the first place we turn. Why would we allow Albany to cut aid to libraries again? Please offer your support!