Friday, July 25, 2008

"War on Books"

Here's another article in Long Beach's District that talks about the closure of Main Library. Please send us your comments and share your opinions using the comment feature.

We need to spread the word to make sure the people are heard. Now is the time to start acting!

It's Official!!

Well, it's official, the Press Telegram has reported that our worst fears have been confirmed!!

Read the ARTICLE in today's paper.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Last week, during meetings with the community, several City Council members confirmed that the new "balanced" City 2009 Budget (completely separate from the parcel tax issue) includes a plan to "CLOSE" THE MAIN LIBRARY!


As you can imagine, we were shocked. But as more sources have also heard this news, our shock has turned to deep concern to take action. The Mayor's budget recommendations are not expected to be made public until August 1st, 2008. In the meantime...


This blog has been created by library supporters to give you frequent updates, with the details as we learn them, and provide you with facts about the Long Beach Public Library and its importance to the entire Long Beach Community.

Please read it daily and forward the address to everyone you know.

We have less than one month to make sure that YOU, the PEOPLE of Long Beach are heard!

On the right, under the tab "HELP" is a list of concrete things we need help with.

The Long Beach Main Library is a vital community resource! It receives 500,000 visits a year. For 27,376 children living in the downtown area, Main Library IS the "neighborhood" library. Most of these children do not have access to transportation to another library. Even if they COULD travel, the nearest neighborhood libraries cannot handle an increase from downtown.

Closing Main Library would mean shutting off access to:
  • 70 public library computers
  • more that 150 reading and school readiness programs for preschoolers
  • the grant-funded Information Center for People with Disabilities which provides special tools and resources to the disabled community
  • nearly 500,000 volumes on a range of subjects available only at Main library.

We all understand the City faces grave budget challenges and tough choices.

But closing a library is NOT an acceptable solution.

EVERY Long Beach resident deserves a library!