Mayor Adam's proposed $58.3 million cuts to libraries for FY25 pose a significant threat to community well-being. Libraries are essential hubs providing vital resources, education, and access to information, especially for marginalized populations. November's 5% cut resulting in the loss of Sunday service already hampered accessibility. Further reductions will deepen inequalities, deprive low-income families of crucial resources, and undermine support systems for the most vulnerable. Prioritizing fiscal austerity over community welfare risks long-term prosperity and social cohesion, reflecting a disregard for citizens' needs.
Libraries stand as pillars of knowledge and support within our communities, offering a sanctuary for learning, exploration, and growth. Mayor Adam's proposed cuts not only jeopardize access to books and information but also threaten to diminish the sense of community and connection that libraries foster. As advocates for literacy, education, and inclusivity, we must rally together to protect these valuable institutions and ensure that everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, has the opportunity to benefit from the wealth of resources and opportunities that libraries provide. In times of uncertainty, let us stand united in our commitment to safeguarding the well-being and vitality of our communities by championing the importance of libraries as cornerstones of progress and equality.
NYC Libraries Create Community
Libraries are the glue that holds our neighborhoods together. In good times, libraries provide a space for gathering, sharing our knowledge, and cultivating relationships. During difficult times, libraries are a lifeline that can connect people to critical resources that can better their livelihoods.
From language classes, to literacy programs, to career services, libraries offer the pathways for New Yorkers of all ages to thrive.
Funding Libraries = Funding our Communities
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