BE A HERO!
Contact your legislator to save library funding!
As summer heats up, Pennsylvania has a budget impasse. Public library services could be
impacted by this stalemate. Don’t let that happen. Take a few minutes to write to the
Governor and your legislator.
CCM is a busy place this summer with children and teens flocking in, attracted by this year’s
Summer Reading Club theme “Every Hero Has a Story”. Governor Wolf and our state legislators
need to know about the heroic impact that Summer Reading has on student reading skills in
the following school year. Public libraries are a key educational resource for everyone from
preschool to retirees. CC Mellor is facing a greater demand than ever for its books and
audiovisual items, electronic resources, computers, meeting rooms, and educational programs.
It is becoming more difficult to meet the public’s expectations because of stagnant and
declining state funding. Today, Pennsylvania ranks 40th in overall funding for libraries,
far behind our surrounding states.
This year Pennsylvania is poised to boost support for education, and public libraries must
be part of that investment. You can be a HERO for the Library in one of two ways: write a
personal letter to the Governor and legislators describing why CCM is important to you and
your family; or visit the Pennsylvania Library Association’s website www.capwiz.com and click on TAKE ACTION to use a prepared letter. Either way our elected officials will get the message about the importance of libraries.