In about a week the Ohio General Assembly will decide whether or not to accept Governor Strickland’s proposed state budget, which includes 50% reduction to the Public Library Fund. This is the primary funding source for the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. A library system that has been working with reductions since 2000 when Governor Taft made cuts.
Ohio’s public libraries offer CRITICAL services to those looking for jobs and operating small businesses. Public libraries are an integral part of education, which Governor Strickland says is critical to the state’s economic recovery. But it is unlikely that many of Ohio’s public library systems, especially those without local levies, can remain open with these proposed cuts.
To read more about this issue and find your representatives, visit PLCH’s call for action page. If you are a library lover or employee who wants to show your support on your social networking sites get a profile photo from Worthington Libraries and ways you can help spread the word via Twitter and Facebook. Use the hashtag #saveohiolibraries in your tweets and send a few to @Ted_Strickland