Vote YES for Our Libraries
WHY IS THE LIBRARY ON THE BALLOT?
Funding for our Garfield County Libraries has decreased dramatically over the past 10 years. In order for the Library Board to maintain a balanced budget, the Library District was recently forced to layoff qualified staff, reduce hours, cut the books and magazines budget, and offer fewer educational classes and events for children. In fact, just three years ago, our libraries were open Sundays, mornings, and evenings. All our community members now have much less access to our libraries because of the budget cuts. Without new funding, our libraries face additional cuts in hours and services.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Our local libraries provide books, educational classes, meeting spaces, internet access, and other critical services to nearly half a million visitors each year. This ballot measure would create stable, locally-controlled funding to:
• Restore hours to help provide safe spaces for children and teens after school, on weekends, and during summer
• Retain the qualified staff that help keep our libraries open and running
• Maintain access to educational classes and events for children, including early literacy and homework help
• Provide senior classes and events to help fight isolation and prevent the effects of aging
• Keep library buildings safe and well-maintained
• Purchase more books, including large-print for seniors, Spanish-language, and kids and teen titles
• Improve technology to provide access to computers and internet for those who don't have it at home
IT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITIES' FUTURE TO TAKE THIS STEP TO HELP RESTORE LIBRARY FUNDING
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