Did you know…
Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed a $54 million library budget on Sept. 18, putting an end to four years of consecutive and crippling budget reductions and marking a turnaround for our libraries. The budget closes a $30 million budget shortfall and includes funding increases for new materials, programs, technology upgrades and expanded operating hours at some locations. It prevents further layoffs and provides a solid foundation to build upon.
Next up, a luncheon hosted by the Knight Foundation and The Miami Foundation of Greater Miami on Sept. 29 at the Miami Intercontinental Hotel to discuss the future of our libraries with experts from around the country.
PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY
A poll of 5,200 registered voters in 13 Commission districts conducted by Bendixen & Amandi for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Knight Foundation show overwhelming support for library funding and an opposition to further cuts.
BLOG: SHARING NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES
- Friends President John Quick makes the case for libraries in the Huffington Post, because an educated community is priceless.
- Public libraries save lives says Carlos Eire, author of “Waiting for Snow in Havana” and “Learning to Die in Miami”.
- Commissioner Barbara Jordan says library supporters have proven that community activism still works.
- Funds to buy children’s books would triple under new Miami-Dade library budget
- Libraries become an oasis for a city in turmoil
- Increased operating hours may be in the library’s future if the $54 million budget is finalized
- Historian Arva Moore Parks brings the little known jewels of our Library to light
- John Quick, President of Friends and a Coalition leader, explains why the preliminary tax rate must survive and clarifies discussion on the Commission dais regarding the Coalition’s original $64 million budget request.