Let Your Legislators Know How Much You Love Your Library

Cattaraugus County Administrator Jack Searles released a budget last week that includes 20% cuts across the board for all contract agencies.  For your local library, this could be devastating.

$17, 105 in county aid would be lost to the libraries in Cattaraugus County.  However, this is not the only cut that would occur.  This cut would be more than 5% of the library’s local funding, which would result in a loss of 25% of State Aid.  In total, this would mean a loss of approximately $270,000.

In the past two years, State Aid to the library system has already been cut by $250,000. The current amount of  County funding has been the same since 2005.  One of the consequences of these cuts was the elimination of the bookmobile.  As a result of the current proposal several programs could be cut including weekly delivery of books requested from other libraries, the interlibrary loan service that allows patron to access books outside of the CCLS system, and service to the County’s nine nursing homes and senior centers.

Economic times are difficult, but in times like these more and more people are turning to the public library for help.  People visit the library each day to fill out job applications, look for potential employment, update their skills, and more.  The library lends out books, DVDs, and video games which saves people money.  Is this the time to cut funding, when the library’s services are in high demand?

What you can do to help:

  • Call or write your legislator and ask him or her to restore library funding.  (The names, addresses, and phone numbers of the District 10 Legislators appears at the bottom of this page as well as a link to information on the other Cattaraugus County legislators.)
  • Sign the petition available at the library.
  • Attend the Legislature’s public hearing on the budget on Tuesday, November 23rd at 3pm in the Legislature’s Chambers (Cattaraugus County Center, 303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY).
  • Sign up to speak at the budget hearing on the 23rd.
  • Pass this information on to your friends and family.  The library could use the support.

The library can’t do this without your help!  Thank you for all you have done over the years for the library and all that you continue to do.

District 10 Legislators

Leo J. Nenno – Democrat

1420 Alpine Drive

Olean, NY 14760

Home Phone – 372-9299

John J. Paldo – Democrat

438 Fountain St

Olean, NY 14760

Home Phone – 373-4076

James J. Snyder – Republican

P.O. Box 1

Olean, NY 14760

Home Phone – 373-6352

William J. Aiello – Republican

725 Bishop St

Olean, NY 14760

Home Phone – 373-1859

Stephen H. Teachman – Republican

138 N. Fifteenth St

Olean, NY 14760

Home Phone – 372-7730

Other Cattaraugus County Legislator contact information may be found here

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3 Responses

  1. I have to admit, I’m torn about this. I love the library. I borrow books regularly, have bought books at the sales, and also donated to it.

    But… I also believe in fiscal responsibility. My family has debt, and we’re paying it off while avoiding incurring new debts. Families do this, so should state and federal government.

    I often borrow books from other libraries in the system. I think I could survive if that program was cut. Sure, I’d miss reading the other books, but it wouldn’t be life-threatening. How about keeping the library closed on Sundays? Do you really need to purchase and rent video games?

    There’s a saying by Dave Ramsey: “Live like no one else now so you can live like no one else later.” Yes, it totally sucks that the library system stands to lose funding. Especially when there is so much waste elsewhere. But, if we can ride out these tough times now, we could have a fantastic library system later.

    Finally, I would also urge every library patron to donate financially. Even if you just buy a book or two at a book sale. The library surely must run at a loss, with the purchase of so many books and the overheads involved in keeping it going. We cannot take our libraries for granted. We must give back.

  2. This is what galls me though: On October 14th the legislature approved raises for officials. (http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/southern-tier/article219381.ece) Now they want to cut some jobs (I believe 17) and funding for the libraries. Also, there are more legislators in Cattaraugus County than in Erie. Why do we need 5 in Olean? Many “regular” people have done without raises or even took pay cuts during this hard economic time. If the legislators had done the same, or downsized government and then still had the need to cut library funding, I wouldn’t be happy, but I think I would feel a little better about it. It just seems to me that they don’t care about the people they are suppose to represent.

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