WHAT IS LIBRARY ADVOCACY?
The majority of the funding for the Sarasota County Public Library System is derived from public funding. The Friends advocacy efforts are intended to ensure adequate public funding exists to support a superior library system.
DOES ADVOCACY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
YES! In 2007, in order to cut costs, it was proposed that in addition to reduced hours, some libraries in Sarasota County would also lose days of operation. It was through advocacy that extreme cuts, were avoided. In April of 2009, the Florida State Legislature proposed “0” funding in state aid to public libraries. It was through the efforts of Friends groups like ours throughout the state of Florida that this aid was restored.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Each year the County Commissioners determine the library’s operating budget, help us to inform the Board of County Commissions, and our State officials of the value of your local library. Lend your voice to our efforts. It can be as simple as making a phone call and telling our officials how much you appreciate the library. Others can write a letter or email to our representatives explaining how important it is to maintain funding for public libraries. And remember while election years are important, these officials need to hear from us year-round.
SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARIES
The Friends primary advocacy goal is to expand public funding to support the Venice Public Library and the Sarasota County Library System. Please help us as we work with our elected officials in pursuit of this essential goal.