Don't cut Chicago Public Libraries!

Nov. 22 Update: Please click here to sign up to Save Chicago Libraries. The mayor's budget cuts described below were approved by the City Council - which means we need to take our efforts to protect the libraries to a new level. Although this petition is inactive, Chicago libraries need your help now more than ever.

Mayor Emanuel’s proposed budget would make steep cuts to Chicago's public library network. He would:

• Cut hours at all branch libraries on Mondays and Fridays, just two years after Mayor Daley slashed library jobs and sharply reduced operating hours; and

• Eliminate more than 550 library staff positions, laying off at least 24 librarians, 112 library clerks, and all 146 library pages.

We can't let this happen to libraries that are a vital part of the fabric of Chicago neighborhoods, to library patrons, and to library staff who work to serve them every day.

The library system is already strained and struggling to do more with less. Mayor Daley laid off more than 100 library employees and reduced hours, leaving librarians overworked, books unshelved and library users too often locked out of their local branches. Mayor Emanuel’s cuts would make matters worse.

Take action now! Sign the petition to Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council.
We, the undersigned, value our city libraries. We support full funding of the Chicago Public Libraries that will enable them to be open, accessible, and fully staffed by dedicated professionals at all current operating hours and locations. We oppose budget cuts that would reduce library hours or staff. The Chicago Public Libraries are city treasures, community centers, welcoming to children and families, and important resources for a multitude of community needs. We urge you to join us in full support for the libraries, reverse threatened cuts and provide the adequate funding they need.
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Number Date Name Location Tell us why you love your ...
5487 Wed Nov 23 11:21:05 EST 2011 Maria Herrera Chicago, IL Because my children can learn to read
5486 Wed Nov 23 11:15:28 EST 2011 Nidia Cabrera Chicago, IL Libraries are a great reading resource; toddlers need story time, teens need a quiet place to study, research and do group projects. No more cuts especially to the children!
5485 Tue Nov 22 21:45:06 EST 2011 Carl kauffman Chicago, IL
5484 Tue Nov 22 13:03:38 EST 2011 Melissa Senatore Chicago, IL Who doesn't love FREE books????
5483 Tue Nov 22 11:39:16 EST 2011 Joseph Kenney IL
5482 Tue Nov 22 11:38:20 EST 2011 Sophie Kenney Chicago, IL I love CPL! The library is a great resource for all ages. Every time I visit a library I'm struck by the diversity of the patrons and the variety of services they are utilizing. Libraries are an important More....
5481 Tue Nov 22 00:18:40 EST 2011 Lisa Mayse-Lillig Chicago, IL
5480 Tue Nov 22 00:18:06 EST 2011 Tim Mayse-Lillig Chicago, IL
5479 Mon Nov 21 22:32:58 EST 2011 Lauren Mckeen Chicago, IL
5478 Mon Nov 21 20:17:04 EST 2011 Jason Kaestner Chicago, IL
5477 Mon Nov 21 17:03:03 EST 2011 rosianna alexander chicago, IL i love my library because their really helpful,they help me with my homework and provide the tools i need to help me when my school cant provide it for us (due to budget cuts) like computers and More....
5476 Mon Nov 21 11:16:40 EST 2011 michael ruffolo chicago, IL wealth of information. peaceful environment. low cost get away from daily hustle and bustle.
5475 Mon Nov 21 09:15:57 EST 2011 Scottt Sponsler IL Libraries are great resources for all. They are quiet places for students to study, places where everyone can access books and knowledge, and community-building institutions.
5474 Sun Nov 20 19:46:49 EST 2011 Heather Elkins Chicago, IL Because my children and I use it on a weekly basis. They love the book chat and reading programs.
5473 Sun Nov 20 16:54:58 EST 2011 John Hader Chicago, IL I have young children who use the library for school.
5472 Sun Nov 20 16:53:15 EST 2011 Lisa Hader Chicago, IL I have small children and we spend many hours at the library doing homework and working on projects.
5471 Sun Nov 20 14:56:21 EST 2011 Blatt John Chicago, IL It provides universal access to knowledge. And everyone benefits from a more educated society.
5470 Fri Nov 18 11:53:21 EST 2011 Michelle Anselmo Chicago, IL It's a great library and we love the selection,
staff and the locations.
5469 Thu Nov 17 19:38:07 EST 2011 Sarah Ferry Chicago, IL I love the children's section because I am a teacher and need to supplement my curriculum with books from the library. I also already take my 8 month old daughter to the library because she loves to look More....
5468 Thu Nov 17 18:42:56 EST 2011 Onni Nickle Chicago, IL
5467 Thu Nov 17 17:36:41 EST 2011 Bonnie kepplinger Chicago, IL I go to a CPL at least twice a week to read, get books and movie. I attend evening programs as well. What a magnificent resource! What would I do without it!
5466 Thu Nov 17 17:30:37 EST 2011 Carol Guy IL It would be a travesty to take away a magnificient resource like a library!!!
5465 Thu Nov 17 17:27:49 EST 2011 April Lambert Chicago, IL
5464 Thu Nov 17 16:33:45 EST 2011 Lubia Nunez-Montelongo Chicago, IL
5463 Thu Nov 17 07:20:40 EST 2011 Estrella Nieves Chicago, IL I love my library because it is a place where I can study in peace, and borrow books that in the end save me hundreds of dollars. The library is awesome
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