Tomorrow...TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2013 VOTE FOR ISSUE 1 to keep our LIBRARIES open and functioning!
It will not increase your taxes
and even if it did I hope our community would have the decency to vote for it anyway... :)
If Issue 1 is not renewed The Pubic Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will instantly loose $17 million dollars in funding-1/3 of its entire budget. A loss this size will force almost half of our 40 branches to close, it will result in shorter operating hours, a reduced staff, cut programs, and fewer materials available to the public. This all means less access to the educational oasis that is our library- a devastating blow to our community.
But lets look on the bright side... our library provides homework assistance and reading programs to thousands of our children every year. It provides free literature to our entire populace! It provides computer access to do schoolwork, internet to access online information, and to look for jobs. The library also hosts community events and educational lectures (with penguins!). Not to mention Ohio was named the "nerdiest state" due to its high number of library visits per capita in this not-quite-but-almost-offensive article. Cincinnati and Hamilton County libraries also have one of the highest circulation rates in the nation.
So we want to continue all these fantastic things, right? Then ISSUE 1 HAS TO BE RENEWED!
Naturalist Thane Maynard was giving a lecture to the public (for free of course) at the Main Library on Sunday. Tell me I wasn't the only kid completely obsessed with the "90 Second Naturalist"??
Yes, a penguin! And young minds soaking up some knowledge.
Please vote FOR ISSUE 1 tomorrow!! We love our libraries and we need to keep them open and operating! For more information please visit http://www.voteforcincylibrary.org/.
Also, a special thanks to the Library Staff and Tom+Chee for graciously hosting the blogger event.