The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

We’ve been told many times that the public library is one of those institutions that people love, don’t think much about, and expect will always be there. Well folks, we’re in trouble. We’re staring into the face of county, state, and federal funding cuts, as soon as a month or so from now.

On the county level, where our staffing and operating budgets originate, we’re looking at a possible 10% budget cut or more. At the state level, where most of our databases, our telecommunications discounts, and a lot of our programs are funded, we’ve been told to expect a 70% reduction. If we lose our state funding, all the matching federal grants will also go away. The federal government sponsors the big IMLF granting program from which we derive money for programs like our Summer Reading Programs.  

Let me put that in dollars. The proposed cuts for 2012-2013 are $28 million plus $5 million for the K-12 programs plus $8 million in federal funding, for a total of $41 million. Given who, across the state, uses library computer services, databases, programs, and other services that this money funds, these cuts will affect every community, school, and institution of higher learning in Texas.

If you’re inclined to help, it looks like sending your comments to your State representative about what the library means to you will make a big difference. Our management went to Austin last week and delivered the comment cards you have written to date. The legislators who saw them were impressed. On behalf of all our customers, we’d appreciate you being the squeaky wheel.

Here’s a link to help you find your state legislator. On the right sidebar, scroll down to "Who represents me?" and put in your address.    

Thanks a million, or forty-one. Barbara Mitchell, Librarian

Yes, We are Open Thursday

Yes, the library is open Thursday, February 17. The college's classes are cancelled today because they are celebrating their Conference Day 2011,  but the library is open for business as usual.

Image from Flickr: cc: Open, by matthileo

COMIC BOOKS HAVE COME A LONG WAY!

...in fact, they aren’t even called “comic books” anymore.  The graphic novel and manga collection in the Children’s Department is more popular than ever! By definition, a graphic novel  is “any book in a comic format that resembles a novel in length and narrative development.”  http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/graphicnovelscomics/f/graphic-novel.html  Some of the more popular graphic novels are Spiderman,  Marvel, Garfield, Baby Mouse, Asterix and Star Wars.
Manga is the term used for graphic novels which are created in Japan.  Some of the more popular titles are Pokemon, Hikaru No Go, Akira and Dragon Ball.
While the word “graphic” can be somewhat deceiving, rest assured, it’s still just a good ol' fashioned comic book!
 

Tax Forms Update

The 1040 instruction sheets have arrived. We have the instruction sheets that go with Form 1040, Form 1040 EZ, and Form 1040 A.

In case you haven't heard, the government has extended the tax fililng deadline this year to Monday, April 18th.

If you need schedules that we don't stock, you can go to the Internal Revenue Service website, find them in "Forms and Publications", and download and print them off. Or, we can do that for you. We're here to serve.

Library: Home of the Brave

This week we salute the droves of mature adults who enter this library every month, put on the armor of courage, troop into our computer lab, and dare to begin the amazing, confusing, frustrating, and illuminating adventure that leads to computer literacy. 

This link is for you. A group of young children are given ‘old technology’ (think of ‘old’ as belonging to 1990 and before) and are asked to figure out what it’s about. You will see that they are as lost with old technology as you are with today’s. And then they figure it out. Just like you do.

We’re all in this together. We applaud you, the brave and the tenacious!