Budget votes are coming up or have already passed. With budget votes it also means a lot of cuts across the board, and one the easiest places to cut is the local library. Why the library gets cut first, I don’t have the answer to that, but I do have the answer on how you can help keep your library from having their budget cut, or their doors closed!
Ever see how there are town meetings? Well town meetings are a great place to learn about what is going on in the town, and if the library is the only line item on the budget being cut, or maybe the town is making cuts across the boards, and it’s not just your library! If you have bigger problems, like mine, and the town wants to close your library get out there and support your local library! Write letters to your local paper editor! Donate money to your library (make sure that the money you donate goes to the library and not the town!). See if your library needs volunteers for their next fundraiser/event or if they need someone to shelve items. Advocate for your library to people higher up, the selectmen, state representative, or even your state senator. The more people who you can get to support your library, the better! Don’t forget about word of mouth either, the more people who are talking about how great your library is, the more patrons that will come in and use the library, the more patrons that use the library, the better statistics you’ll have when you’re figting for more money (or level-funding)!
Keep on fighting, even if you loose, you’ll always know that you didn’t go down without a fight!
Small Town Librarian ♥