Speak up for your Library
Did you know that our Library needs $3M/year more in operating funds to even be average among peer libraries, and yet it continues to get cut each year?
Did you know that almost all funding for the Library comes from local funds (property taxes)? There are very few sources of state or federal funds for libraries.
If you think Library funding should be increased, not decreased, please contact the Mayor and your Assembly Representative today. Anchorage Assembly Homepage
2019 Municipality of Anchorage Budget:
Good news! The Library budget did not take any cuts for 2019. We are grateful to the Mayor and Assembly for recognizing the importance of protecting the Library against further cuts. Our next step is to work with the Mayor and Assembly to develop a pathway to stable Library funding for the long-term.
Library Talking Points
- The Library is a critical resource for fighting the city’s war against crime, drugs and homelessness – it helps improve education outcomes, connects people to services, helps people find jobs and gives our city a sense of community.
- Stable funding ensures that the library continues to be a catalyst for economic and educational growth in our community.
- Library’s budget cuts do not reflect the spirit of our community, which strongly supports our library.
- Tell your personal story of how the library has transformed your life.
Contact Your Assembly Member or the Mayor
Write a Letter to the Editor
- Make your letter short and clear. Letters to the Anchorage Daily News may not exceed 175 words.
- Make it personal. Demonstrate how the library affects you personally, use statistics if you have them, and give the source of your information.
- Stick to one issue, stick to the facts and be nice. Letters that are mean-spirited or contain false information are harmful to the Library.
- Write on timely issues. The best way to get published is to respond to a letter or article that was recently published in the paper.
- Include your contact information. They will not print your info, but they need it to verify that you wrote the letter. Include your name, address, and phone number.
- Use the links below to submit letters to your local paper:
Anchorage Daily News
Other Ways to Speak-Up for the Library
Attend Your Community Council Meetings
Community councils are your local voice for the issues in your neighborhood that you care about. Each neighborhood is represented by its own council and meetings are held monthly.