Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Do You Love Your Library?

If you thought the budget news from the County was bad for FY2010, it's about to get worse for FY2011. That's why the Community Meetings are being held across the county. The Board of Supervisors want to tell people what the forecast is, and to hear what is important to you.

The meetings are open to the public, but you must register to attend. There are two in our area:

Saturday, October 24 - Reston Regional Library
(10-noon)
Thursday, October 29 - South Lakes High School Cafeteria
(7-9pm)

Unfortunately, politicians being who they are, they will react and apportion the budget depending on who they hear from loudest. You remember the old squeaky wheel theory? In the past, the libraries have been underrepresented in this sort of meeting. In other words, people have NOT shown up to support the need for the library to have a healthy budget. So, your local library NEEDS you.

It's not just books that we get from the library -- it's a wealth of information. The libraries provide places to meet, they are packed on weekends and afterschool with tutoring appointments. They have conversation classes meeting there. They provide free internet access for those who don't have it elsewhere. They can order books for you from across the country. They infuse our children with a love of reading. I'm sure you can think of many more services you receive from the Reston Regional Library. Multiply that across the county and the answer is clear.

The Libraries Need Your Support at these Meetings!


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