Morning Meanderings… Library Budget Cuts
Good morning. In light of world happenings yesterday I need a distraction from the incredible pain that has been let loose into Connecticut. I can not even imagine…. and my heart cried for each and every one of those who have been hurt by this unthinkable tragedy.
This last week I went to a public hearing in support of our local Library. Two weeks ago, while the city was planning the 2013 budget, our local Senior Center spoke up that they needed more funding and the city pulled $20,000 from the Library budget to give to the Senior Center.
This is a tough decision – both are very worthy non profits. I knew for our local library this was a huge blow that would possibly include reduction of staff hours and services like the Book Mobile that delivers books to the surrounding area.
I went in support of the library while they hashed through this decision to finalize the City Budget. I have never sat through one of these meetings before and it was both amazing, and harsh as they battled it out – and in the end…
the library lost the funding.
There were moments I actually teared up to think of how hard our Library works to provide great services and now how much harder they will have to work on their own budget to make ends meet. This makes me think, as book lovers what can we do to help support our libraries?
I am going to post more on this topic later when I have more time to process…. as for now, I will share a few pictures for Saturday Snapshot. These pictures are from the 22nd floor of a hotel (gah – can not recall the name….) in Minneapolis when I was with my Library Team for the Literacy Institution I am assisting in. The floor is called “windows and it is all huge windows all the way around this huge meeting space. I imagine in the summer it is beautiful – but even here you can get a little sample:
Kind of a rambling post …. but yeah. There it is.
Today I am off to a morning brunch Christmas party and then coming home as it is a rainy wet day here in Central Minnesota and I do not want to be in it.