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Tell City Hall: An Investment in Libraries Is an Investment in ALL New Yorkers

Libraries are more important than ever. They offer opportunities and hope for all New Yorkers—from free books and resources to free ESOL classes, family literacy workshops, and job search help. But more is needed. This is why the city’s three library systems are asking for you to add your name in support of more public funding for libraries. Send a letter now asking the Mayor and City Council to invest in libraries.

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Dear Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, Chair Ferreras-Copeland, Majority Leader Van Bramer, and Council Member,

As you know, libraries are and have always been a lifeline for New Yorkers. I love my local library, and I'm writing today to urge you to increase your investment in The New York Public Library's wonderful branches.

I'm proud to call myself a patron of The New York Public Library. When I walk into my local branch, I know I am welcome there. And I know ALL are welcome there. I'm always amazed at the diversity of services my library offers, from after-school programs for students and citizenship classes for immigrants to help for job seekers and story times for families.

Your strong past support of libraries has helped to make this happen—thank you!

But so many people in our communities across the city struggle, and our libraries are being asked to do even more—more programming, more hours, more help for our neighbors in need. I can't think of a better investment for our families and communities than our beloved local public libraries.

Specifically, I strongly support:

  • Increased operating funding to keep our libraries open seven days a week. Right now only 15 branches in the entire city are open seven days. We can do better!

  • Increased capital funding for urgent building repairs, so our libraries can be safe and inviting places for all members of our communities.
I hope you agree.

Please continue to stand with our city's libraries so they can continue providing the programs and services all New Yorkers rely on every day.