The need in Dallas is vast with the pandemic affecting so many. If our library isn’t given the resources when it is safe to reopen the impact will be on those with the greatest need.
Dear Library Friends,
This past weekend the Dallas City Manager released his proposed 2021-2022 budget for the City of Dallas, and there is good news for the Dallas Public Library. If approved, the library will maintain its current funding level with no cuts proposed. But we still need your help.
It’s Time Again to Step Up
This week Dallas City Council members start their three-week-long series of Budget Town Hall meetings to provide citizens the opportunity to comment on and suggest changes to the proposed budget. As in the past, we encourage Library supporters to attend meetings in their district and offer support for the library budget.
The Town Hall meetings run through August 26. Find a list of all the meetings here.
It is important that our voices be heard in support of the proposed budget for the Dallas Public Library. As usual, Council members, looking to increase funding for programs may look to cut in other areas. Library funding is always vulnerable. The need in Dallas is vast and the pandemic continues to affect many in our community who depend on the Dallas Public Library. If our library doesn't have the resources it needs, the impact will be on those with the greatest need.
For 70 years, Friends board members, staff, and volunteers have worked closely with elected officials and city staff to ensure that the Dallas Public Library has what it needs to meet the needs of our community.
These efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in investment across our 30 library branches.
The Friends remains committed to continuing our own effort to surround the library staff and Dallas residents with the services and resources they need through our own private fundraising efforts, and we seek to be a good partner to the library and the City.