Updated August 29, 2023
We need your support. City Hall needs to hear from us this week.
During the past week, there has been discussion among City Councilmembers about potential cuts to the proposed budget presented to the City Council by City Manager TC Broadnax.
These cuts could include not fully funding all Dallas library locations to be open six days a week, as recommended by the City Manager.
While we believe there is still strong support among the Council to have all our libraries open at least six days per week, we need you to reinforce the importance of having all our libraries open six days a week by contacting the Mayor and your City Council representative this week.
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Our main talking points to the Mayor and City Council are:
Please take the time to contact the Mayor and your Council representative this week in support of having all Dallas Public Library locations open at least six days a week. It is important.
If you need information or have questions on any of the above, please contact the Friends office at 214-670-1458 or email email@example.com for more information.
Sarah Evans and Jeff Kitner
Co-Chairs, Advocacy Committee
Friends of the Dallas Public LIbrary
How you can help advocate for the Dallas Public Library:
Now is not the time to be complacent. Councilmembers are looking for more cuts before approving the final budget and the Library is always vulnerable when this happens.
During the May election cycle, Friends of the Dallas Public Library asked all the candidates their opinions about Dallas Public Library. One question specifically asked if they supported opening all 30 DPL locations open 7 days a week beginning in 2024. . Surveys received from sitting councilmembers can be viewed below.
Since 1950, Friends members, staff, and volunteers have worked tirelessly 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 to the City of Dallas.