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Santa clara library speakers bureau need of local libraries narrated Presentation Transcript

  • 1. NEEDS OFLOCAL LIBRARIESSanta Clara County Library DistrictSummer 2013
  • 2. What is Measure A? Taxpayer funding for local libraries has been in place forthe past twenty years, but is due to expire. Continuing funding at existing rates will help to continueto maintain and protect: Local library services and programs Book collections Open hoursThis will not increase existing taxes.
  • 3. How Does Measure A Impact Library Services? Measure A would continue to help local libraries to: Buy needed books and up-to-date research materials Maintain library hours and services Keep qualified librarians Continue summer student reading programs Provide an award-winning bookmobile program to bring booksto seniors, the disabled, and others
  • 4. What Libraries Are We Talking About? Seven Community Libraries Campbell Cupertino Gilroy Los Altos Milpitas Morgan Hill Saratoga One Branch Library Woodland Two Bookmobiles Online Library
  • 5. What is at Stake? Without Measure A, local libraries will be forced toimplement significant cuts to programs and services,including: Reducing or eliminating library programs for children, teens,and seniors Purchasing fewer books and databases, reducing our ability tomaintain up-to-date collections Closing libraries for an additional day to day-and-a-half eachweek
  • 6. How Does Measure A Impact SchoolChildren? There are more than 100,000 school age and preschool children whoattend library programs each year Individual school libraries often only open a few days per week Public libraries are now even more important than ever for ourchildren’s education. Taxpayer funding helps provide children with: Up-to-date research materials to complete school or college assignments Summer reading programs Homework help and SAT test preparation Science programs for elementary school kids Toddler and preschool storytimes Teen book clubs and activities for youth Without taxpayer funding, programs for school children, teens, andcommunity college students will need to be reduced and some will beeliminated
  • 7. Every Local Library Benefits EVERY library throughout the Santa Clara County LibraryDistrict benefits from Measure A. Every Measure A dollar raised within a city is returned forthe benefit and operation of the local library for that city forservices such as: Purchasing new books and up-to-date research materials Providing school children with access to the materials they need Keeping our libraries clean and safe Maintaining our bookmobile program that brings books to seniors, pre-schools,disabled children and rural/isolated areas of the county Keeping summer reading programs for school children Maintaining library open hours Keeping the adult literacy program that has helped many learn to read
  • 8. What does it Cost? Measure A continues existing funding for our libraries atcurrent rates. The current rate for a single family home is $33.66/yearand is not being increased. This funding has been in place for 20 years, andMeasure A would extend it for another 20 years. Rates for other property types can be found atwww.sccl.org in the full rate and method chart.
  • 9. Fiscal Accountability The library district budget includes strong fiscalaccountability provisions to guarantee that all funds arebeing spent as promised, including: Annual, independent financial audits Public review of expenditures to monitor spending Every Measure A dollar raised within a city is returned forthe benefit and operation of the local library for that city. Measure A will require the same stringent fiscalprotections already in place.
  • 10. When will a Vote be Held? There will be a mail ballot on Measure A in August 2013to maintain and protect library services by continuingcommunity funding at existing rates, with no increase intaxes. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters in late July andmust be returned by August 27. Measure A is the only issue on the ballot.
  • 11. For More Information Do you know of other community groups that need thisinformation? Let us know! Visit www.sccl.org Contact County Librarian Nancy Howe at: Phone: 408-293-2326 Email: nhowe@sccl.org.