While I was out of work the library was a wonderful place. I could borrow books and movies without worrying about spending money I didn’t have. I could test out new cookbooks, escape in some fiction or research career options. Here’s a post I wrote about my library love last year.
Now the library is a great resource for books on the history of Columbus, marketing, small business start up and a wealth of other topics.
We are extremely lucky in Columbus – we have one of the best libraries in the country. We can order books online and get emails telling us when they are ready to collect. We can watch our favorite TV shows and attend free programs on grants, job hunting, small business. That’s not to mention the great programs that they have for kids.
But our library’s funding is under threat.
“Because of state cutbacks and other funding reductions, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s [CML] budget has been cut by $11 million since 2008, forcing the library to reduce hours at all locations, reduce staff by 160 positions, reduce book and reference materials budgets, defer maintenance, delay technology upgrades.
To protect the services we provide to the community, we are placing an operating issue on the November ballot. The issue will replace the original 2.2 mills and adds .6 mills to help make up for the huge cuts by the state. It has been 24 years since CML has had an increase in local funding”.
On November 2nd, please vote FOR the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Please support our public library and help to keep it number 1.