Multnomah County Library has the 2nd highest circulation in the nation, behind New York Public Library, but two-thirds of its funding is due to expire in June 2012. There will be a two-step process to secure permanent funding for this beloved institution, beginning with ballot Measure 26-125 on May 15 2012. This Measure will renew the current Library Levy for 3 more years, at the current tax rate, meaning no additional taxes. Even with the passage of Measure 26-125, due to the economy the Multnomah County Library is facing unprecedented cuts to hours, services and staff for the FY13 budget.
The Friends of the Library are hosting “Library Lovers Unite!” to educate the public about the campaign and generate support (and AFSCME is trying to get a big turnout). “Library Lovers Unite!” will be the following:
- DATE: March 13, 2012 from 6 – 8 p.m.
- LOCATION: The Old Church (1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201).
DETAILS: The event is free and open to the public. Join Local Authors and Learn How You Can Support the Library Levy Campaign. “Library Lovers Unite!” will feature five beloved Portland authors speaking about the value of libraries in our community: Jean M. Auel, Molly Gloss, Ursula K. Le Guin, Phillip Margolin, and Kim Stafford. The authors will be followed by information from the Libraries YES! Political Action Committee and other Library supporters. After the event, attendees will be encouraged to mingle with the speakers, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer for the campaign. Donations to the Libraries YES! PAC will be accepted.
For more information, click [ HERE ].