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Tell City Hall: Invest in Libraries, Because Libraries Are for Everyone

Libraries are a lifeline for all New Yorkers. People from every background rely on library services—from ESOL classes to early literacy programs to technology training—to help them learn and discover new opportunities.

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.

Your letter will go to Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm, Committee on Libraries Chair Jimmy Van Bramer, and your local City Council Member.

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Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm, Committee on Libraries Chair Jimmy Van Bramer, and Council Member,

I am writing to urge you to prioritize funding for our public libraries.

I appreciate my local library because it’s an inclusive place where everyone in my community can go to read, learn, grow, share, and connect with one another. In this critical time, libraries are a lifeline for all New Yorkers.

No matter who you are, the library is there for you. From early literacy and after-school programs to ESOL classes and technology training, libraries offer so many vital services—all free of charge to those who rely on them.

As you make important funding decisions this year, I urge you to consider what New York City libraries mean not only to my neighborhood, but to our great, diverse city. This year, the city’s three library systems are calling for an additional $16 million in funding to more adequately support the recently expanded six-day service and programs, as well as $60 million in capital funding for much needed building maintenance.

New York City stands for inclusivity and diversity, and there has never been a better time for you to proclaim that libraries are for everyone.

If you agree, please continue to invest in our library buildings, collections, and programming. They are more important now than ever before.

My neighbors and I thank you for your leadership and support, without which the essential services and opportunities in my branch and across the city wouldn’t be possible.