Letters to the Editor: Cuts to the Texas State Library Programs Devastates Communities
Current proposed cuts to the Texas State Library Program will have a negative impact on public libraries throughout the state.
These cuts reduce direct aid to public libraries statewide by reducing program’s funding from $16.2 million in FY 10/11 to $100,000 in FY 12/13.
Proposed cuts will result in a reduction from $9.5 million to $600,000 that supports the K-12 database program for Texas public schools and their libraries.
In today’s economy, citizens utilize their public libraries for continued education, attend classes/workshops, and utilize high speed Internet to look for work or do research.
Public libraries assist K-12 school children with the necessary tools to help expand their education, they serve as Homework Help centers, a resource for school assignments, a learning center, spurring job placement, and maintaining a dynamic infrastructure for research and digital literacy.
Our public libraries across the State of Texas are pleading for support by the public to advise their state representatives and Austin dignitaries to continue current funding.
Our local library provides an open door to a better educated public and a better future for our children.
Jack McCauley Lancaster