Monday, March 29, 2010

Support New York Area Public Libraries!

I'm reposting a note from a fierce librarian who put this appeal on a listserv we are both on. Many thanks to the wonderful Yesha Naik for bringing much needed attention to such an important issue!

"please consider supporting your local library and libraries in two ways:
1-- Monetary support -- yes, *donate*, (money, not books!) please

How to donate---- (the following are three Separate library systems. Yes,
really!:-) )

A. Brooklyn Public Library -
B. New York Public Library -
C. Queens Public -

2. Political support - free to you, yet sends a strong message to
politicians that this is a crucial service that* cannot* be cut.

*How* to send a message:----

Here's *why *you should help:
In case you'd like to know, here are ways (with example links) in which NY
area public libraries support their communities, besides providing access to
free books and internet access:
1. free ESOL classes -,
2. free GED/ pre GED classes -
3. free Job search help -
4. free computer classes for senior citizens -
5. free computer classes for immigrants (in their native languages) -
6. free programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents -
7. free afterschool programs for teens (like Creative Writing workshops,
TeenTime) -
8. free afterschool programs for kids (like Arts and Crafts, Gaming) -
9. free access for incarcerated citizens who desire to read but are not
allowed access unless a librarian visits with a floating collection -
10. and More...."

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