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NYPL Funding - Take Action
Friday, January 22, 2016 9:03 AM
Right now Mayor de Blasio is putting together his preliminary budget. This is our moment to make sure he remembers how important libraries are.
Last year, thanks in part to people like you speaking out, City leaders invested in New Yorkers by investing in libraries, which means NYC’s 217 libraries now offer 6-day service, have hired over 100 new librarians, and are able to provide new programs and books. Here at NYPL, we now have 7 branches that stay open 7 days a week, and our librarians have added story time for our earliest learners, after-school programs, and English language and digital classes for adults.
We're so grateful that City leaders were there for us, and now we
make sure they build on that success.
Click here to tell Mayor de Blasio that our city must
investing in libraries next year.
After years of budget cuts, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council made a historic investment in libraries last summer. They allocated an additional $43 million in City operating funding for New York City’s libraries–restoring two-thirds of what had been cut from the City’s three library systems since 2008.
This was in large part because of the power of
vocal support of libraries. You told our leaders how important libraries were to you, and City leaders listened.
Now, as the budget process starts anew, speaking out again can make sure our City leaders continue to invest in our libraries. As crucial as this funding has been, we still have more demand for our services than we can meet.
Make sure Mayor de Blasio remembers how much New York City loves its libraries. Send him a letter right now.