Libraries

Keep Libraries Open by Extending Furloughs

Libraries are crucial to the functioning of the city of Seattle. They provide youth with a place to go after school, internet access for those who do not have internet in their homes, and books and other resources for communities around the city. For these reasons, I don't think any libraries should be permanently closed in the Seattle area. Instead, we could take another furlough week. Two furlough weeks would save ...more »

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Increase and spread out library furlough days.

I think you should increase the number of furlough days in the Library system to 2 weeks instead of the 1 week you took the past two years. Instead of having the days in one consecutive block however, you should spread it out so each branch is shut down for a total of 14 days throughout the year, but the days are spread out, and if a branch is closed, the next closest branch will still be open and available to patrons. ...more »

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Technology and Community are Essential

I suggest when evaluating the library budget, you should not cut any departments that have to do with community classes or programs and technology. Over 7 million people visited the Seattle Public Library in 2009, which means the library is our biggest and most important community center in thecity. I suggest the Seattle Public Library continues to purchase new databases and downloadable resources. Also, the Seattle ...more »

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e-book Donations

Allow us to donate e-books to the collection. I love my e-reader but the e-book collection doesn't have the greatest selection. I'm sure the overhead to add it to the collection would be on the order of minutes rather than hours with physical books, why not make an easy way for us to do it?

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Keep librarians in libraries!

Keep librarians in libraries! We voted for the Libraries For All bond measure because we wanted to promote literacy, community, social justice and providing information and materials to all, regardless of socioeconomic class. Taking librarians, professionals and experts on all of these issues, is NOT what Seattle voted for. We did not vote for millions of dollars for warehouses of DVDs or ebooks or anything physical. ...more »

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Keep libraries open. Expand Hours.

I suggest you have more libraries open before 11 or 1 pm as is now the case. Many people find that they are most productive during morning hours and that can include library research, computer usage and time for babies and toddlers 1-3 year old with their caregivers. Also, as you make improvements to libraries cultivate awareness of the Friends of Libraries and other fund raising opportunities..

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Librarians are crucial to the public.

I suggest you librarians are too vital a resource to cut. People need reference help more than ever because of drastic cuts, lost jobs, and the other disasters of an unequal system. Without a librarian, all you've got is a warehouse not a library. Cut some salaries at the top of city administration--that's where the fat is located.

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