Who doesn’t have childhood memories of their beloved hometown library?
The library has always been the place for children — all children, from any and all backgrounds — to discover the magic of reading. New worlds are discovered, friends are made, and imaginations run wild. Libraries provide a haven for children to expand their minds through books. They meet new friends and connect with family members through the hundreds of programs that are held each year. They are also a place for parents to take classes and get involved in the community.
Team RedRover’s beloved hometown library, The New York Public Library, is facing a proposed $43 million cut (!), and they need your help to stop it. This cut would affect 8 million residents from a combined 212 locations and close 46 libraries around the city. Also, thousands of job and computer classes will be cancelled, books and DVDs will be cut by a third, hundreds of librarians and other staff will be laid off. With decreased funding up to 12 branches will be closed, and the rest will only be open 4 days a week.
The NYPL is a cornerstone of the New York City community serving as an invaluable resource for all of its members, and it is a cause that deserves all of our support.
We need to consider the affect that this will have on the NYPL’s biggest fans: children. First grader Beatrix Alevras like so many other little New Yorkers discovered a world of new books and ideas at her library. This cut comes at an especially unfortunate time because summer is when children and their parents flock to the library to escape boredom and take a break from the heat. Beatrix may have said it best for all of us, “The Library is my favorite place in the world.”
Protect the library for Beatrix and the thousands of other children around the city that will be affected. Speak up for your libraries. Sign a letter of support today!
I support the Library. You can too. Sign a letter today: http://ow.ly/b9pwi #ProtectNYPL