This has undoubtedly been a landmark week for our country, city and county. But as Multnomah County Chair, I'm especially happy to report that on Tuesday, Nov. 6, county voters handily passed Measure 26-143, creating a library district and securing permanent, stable funding for our treasured library system.
Leading up to the election season, I'm sure you heard time and again how wonderful the Multnomah County Library is. That its circulation is second only to that of the New York City Library. That it was awarded a five-star rating by the esteemed publication, Library Journal in 2011 and 2012. That its summer reading program had more than 100,000 young people participate this year. And while all these things are correct, the true greatness of our library system lies within its day to day operations.
|Crowd reacts to Measure 26-143 results on Election Night.|
Whether it be job seekers receiving help with their resumes at the Hollywood Branch; a mother and child bonding over a storytime session at the Gresham Branch; or a person at the Central Library taking advantage of internet access they couldn't afford otherwise; the Multnomah County Library provides services that benefit everyone in our community.
And while the road to securing stable funding for the Multnomah County Library has not been an easy one, the formation of a library district means that we can restore library hours and services cut as a result of past budget restrictions.
The district also frees up money from the county's general fund, allowing us to invest in the critical services we provide such as mental health, aging and disability services and our health clinics.
As we head into Thanksgiving, I feel extremely thankful to belong to a community that values its library. Thank you, Multnomah County, for continuing to support our library.