Santa clara library speakers bureau need of local libraries narratedPresentation Transcript
NEEDS OFLOCAL LIBRARIESSanta Clara County Library DistrictSummer 2013
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com.