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Saving our Libraries

June 10 2005 at 9:49 PM
Sandra Kieturkus  (no login)

 
Several years ago I saw Library hanging in a Taco City restaurant. I was awe struck. As a librarian for 30 years, I have never seen anything that expresses to me the importance of our libraries, except seeing children read and enjoy books in my real library. Several years after that, I found this print available on the Internet. My husband bought one for me for my birthday. Due to budget cuts making my job part time, I transferred to another school library in our district that was full time. It was the only classroom in the basement. Distraught at having to start over, missing my other staff and students, I started making the basement library home. I hung up the print of Library, and imagined it as the foundation of the education happening above me. The image helped my hard adjustment to working without daylight, transforming the chaos of that collection into a place that has welcomed and nourished many children. At this time, more budget cuts are on the table in our district, more drastic than before. We may lose many of all kinds of specialists in our elementary schools, including library, art, music and phy ed.
I ask your permission to copy this print to use it in a plea to board members and legislators to financially support libraries. Please respond asap; the decisions are being made now to impliment in August, 2005.
Thank you, Sandra Kieturkus


 
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