Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Save the Libraries of Ohio

I've come across a great many sites (#1, #2) asking Ohioans to write to their state congress men/women to continue the support and funding of the Ohio Public Library system, ever since Govern Ted Strickland has purposed a 50% cut in the coming year's budget.

I used this
sample e-mail to send to my Norwood State Rep. Tyrone Yates, State Senator Eric H. Kearney, and to Governor Ted Strickland.

The only reply I've received so far has been from State Senator Eric H. Kearney:
This past, Monday at The Pub Quiz night, BZ and I had an interesting discussion over alternative methods for supporting a library system, including a nominal ($1-$2) transaction fee for the privilege of checking out materials, or a small ($10) yearly fee for all card holders. I'm sure there are more interesting ideas out there! Any of these methods can make make the community feel like they are continuing to support the local library system. Another interesting idea in our local area: A Quarter Auction!

Join the Facebook group:
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Thanks for reading,


UPDATE: July 6th 2009

E-mail from Reprsentative Yates this afternoon:


Dear Citizen:

You sent an e-mail to my office regarding funding Ohio’s public libraries. Thank you for taking the time to write.

Ohio and the nation are facing unprecedented economic times that have not been experienced in decades. While the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate will undoubtedly have to make difficult decisions as the budget process concludes, know that I support the proper funding of Ohio public libraries. As Andrew Carnegie stated, “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the free public library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” I will continue to stand with you as we fight for our libraries.

With esteem and best wishes,

Tyrone K. Yates

Ohio House of Representatives

(614) 466-1308

(614) 719-3587 fax

Update: 7/14/09, e-mail from Eric H. Kearney

Dear Constituents:

I want to update you on the status of library funding in Ohio’s Budget, House Bill 1.

Libraries now expect to receive a 10% cut, rather than the 30% proposed in the Governor’s framework budget. My office worked very hard on this issue and listened to many constituents’ concerns.

While I recognize that these cuts are painful, I am glad that much of the funding was able to be restored.

My office was inundated with letters, phone calls and e-mails from library patrons and staff. It is heartwarming to see the love for libraries.

As a regular library visitor, I can assure you that I recognize what an important resource our libraries are. My hope is that these institutions will be around to treasure for generations to come.


Eric H. Kearney

Senator, 9th District

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