Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Director's Corner By Sandra Collins

Did you know that Northland Public Library and all public libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have a stake in the state budgeting process?

Each qualifying public library receives support through the Public Library Subsidy. State aid accounts for 10% of Northland’s income for 2011. The subsidy received in 2011 reflects a loss of $164,000 in state funds since 2009, resulting in a reduction in the amount of books, DVDs, magazines and other resources that Northland can provide for your use. While Governor Corbett’s proposed 2011-2012 budget does not increase the Public Library Subsidy, it does sustain it at its current level. Considering the next state budget will include deep cuts in many worthwhile services, the Governor’s proposal to preserve current funding levels for library services is welcome news.

In the coming weeks, it is important for library advocates to speak up in support of the library portion of the Governor’s budget proposal. Please contact your State Senator and State Representative to ask for their support of the library funding levels recommended in Governor Corbett’s budget and Governor Corbett to thank him for recognizing the importance of libraries by preserving library funding in his proposed budget.

Contact Information:

Senator Jane Orie jorie@pasen.gov La Casa Blanca 9400 McKnight Rd Suite 105 Pittsburgh PA 15237

House – District 30 Randy Vulakovich rvulakov@pahousegop.com 1407 Mt. Royal Blvd Glenshaw PA 15116

House – District 16 Robert Matzie matzie@pahouse.net 537 Bayne Ave Pittsburgh PA 15202

House – District 21 Dom Costa www.pahouse.com/dcosta click on “Contact” 6808 Greenwood St. Suite 2 Pittsburgh PA 15206

House-District 20 Adam Ravenstahl www.pahouse.com/ravenstahl Click on “Contact”

House- District 28 Mike Turzai mturzai@pahousegop.com 125 Hillvue Lane 1st Floor Pittsburgh PA 15237

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