Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, funding in Pennsylvania has only been approved through November, 2020. Library funding is at risk of significant impact. Libraries in Cambria County need you to tell our House Representatives how important library funding is for the community.
Help us make sure our region has high-quality library services, including WiFi and computers, books for children, and programs for all ages. Sign a letter and we will mail it on your behalf.
By providing your address and name, we will make sure a letter goes to the correct House Representative for your district. A personal message to your Representative will help us even more. Your stories matter to our Representatives, and to your library!
The following is a sample letter to be sent on behalf of library patrons to our PA House Representatives. A copy of each letter is included below and can be downloaded and printed.
The Honorable State Representative Frank Burns
325 Main Capitol
P.O. Box 202072
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2072
Dear Representative Burns,
With your support last year, the PA budget approved a 9.18% increase to public library funding for the 2020-21 budget. The increase was designed to help libraries meet state guidelines, stay open longer to better accommodate working families, and improve programs like sensory story times and STEM initiatives. Due to the state shutdown, that funding for libraries is now in danger.
Our community urgently needs your help again. With the bifurcated budget only funding libraries through November 2020, we are at risk of losing important library services. Because of the shutdown many libraries have already had to lay off staff, reduce programming, and redirect funds to unplanned safety measures.
Families in your district need you to fight for library funding, because there is a real possibility that communities will lose access to educational materials, WiFi and computers, and important services. The state shutdown has shown us how vital libraries are for residents, and a long-term drop in library funding would be harmful to many people.
Please continue to support public libraries in the 2020-21 budget. The increase that has already been passed must continue for the rest of the PA fiscal year.
Libraries are a sign of healthy, supported communities. Libraries help children learn to read, help people find jobs, and so much more. We thank you for supporting our public libraries.