Governor Ted Strickland
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Dear Governor Strickland:
First, let me start by telling you what I am not: I am not a librarian. I am not a employed by any public or private library, and although I do have a sister-in-law that works for the Cleveland Public Library, I do not.
I have three children, the oldest of which is starting kindergarten this fall. All three have their own library cards, in their own names, which we applied for as soon as they had social security numbers. We are regular (read: weekly) patrons of the Fairview Park branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library here in Fairview. We have attended Baby and Me classes, preschool reading time, met other young mothers, formed friendships with them and their children, learned vast amounts of information… all from our local library.
I have personally witnessed the positive impact our library system has had on my children through their love of books. Your proposed fifty-percent cuts to the library budgets will be detrimental to hundreds of thousands of families across our region; families like mine.
Libraries provide us with much more than books. From summer reading programs to story times, computer access to the toy lending library, we have come to know our children’s services librarians, circulation clerks, management staff, and the lady who cleans daily. The jobs and families of these individuals will be detrimentally impacted.
I am not a library employee, but I am a patron. I love my library. I am proud of my library. It has helped to educate our family and foster a love of learning. A love of books.
Please, do not threaten the future of my children by limiting access to this imperative resource.