Our funding is constantly changing.
How funding is distributed is determined by a library's circulation, local effort, and computer usage.
State funding has been cut dramatically so there is less money available for the libraries to share. The Statewide Card was also cut by 100%. As a result Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library's funding has been cut by close to 1/3rd.
- Speak Up For Libraries!
Speak Up for Libraries! The PA General Assembly is hard at work coming up with a
possible plan for fiscal year 2014-2015 by the required date of June 30.
Here are the facts from Glenn Miller, Executive Director of PaLA and a link to send e-mail.
It is important to boost literacy by rebuilding library services through a three-pronged approach:
Library Access: Increase by $2.9 million over current funding, up to a new total of $5.7 million. This increase would be targeted to: Restore about 50% funding for the Statewide Library Card (local library reimbursement program)—$2.3 million;Boost POWER Library (statewide online databases) by $500,000; and, Increase support for the Interlibrary Delivery Service by $100,000.Public Library Subsidy: Support Governor Corbett’s proposed $500,000 increase that will reach all local libraries.State Library of Pennsylvania, and Libraries for the Blind & Physically Disabled: Level funding—no further cuts—for this coming fiscal year in order to sustain current services and resources. This follows deep reductions in state support over the past six years, a period when Pennsylvania’s library community shared fully in the pain of budget cuts. Consider: Had state support remained flat since 2007-08 (not factoring in any increases for inflation), the cumulative value of lost library services due to budget cuts totals more than $162 million. Libraries have paid their dues! Please Take Action so that your state elected officials hear from you in a clear and civil but forceful manner that libraries need to be a priority in the next state budget. Tell them that the reimbursement for the Statewide Library Card, or a better-resourced POWER Library, or a stronger Interlibrary Delivery Service would have a positive impact on your services which, in turn, benefits their constituents. Sending an email is easy—just a click away. You can send the message as drafted or personalize it in any way you’d like. Time is short. Please Take Action today. Thanks.
- Adopt an Item
- Donate money to be used to purchase an item of your choice or choose from a list of books, audio, video, and periodicals. Adopt a supply item: everything from pens and paper to print cartridges. Check the list and donate a specific amount. No amount is too small. Every penny makes a difference.
- Adopt a Program
- High quality programs require funding. Donate a specific amount to be used for a program you choose from our list including the GoggleWorks and Forgotten Friends Reptiles- just 2 of our many highly popular summer programs.
- Volunteer at the Library
- Come fill out an application and make a difference today.