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    Levy proposal addresses ongoing fiscal challenges and supports critical services

    Councilmember Richard Conlin
    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

    Councilmember Tim Burgess
    Councilmember Jean Godden
    Councilmember Bruce Harrell
    Councilmember Nick Licata
    Councilmember Mike O’Brien
    Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

    Levy proposal addresses ongoing fiscal challenges and supports critical services

    What:
    After a two-year process involving the thoughtful contributions of tens of thousands of residents and collaboration between The Seattle Public Library, Mayor’s Office and City Council, a proposal to stabilize Library funding and improve Library services is complete.

    Who:
    Library Board President Marie McCaffrey, City Librarian Marcellus Turner, Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin will announce a proposed Library levy to address ongoing financial challenges and support key service priorities: Library hours, collections, technology and building maintenance.

    91-year-old Library patron Eleanor Owen and Seattle author Kathrine Beck will also speak about the Library’s importance to the city’s educational, cultural and economic vitality.

    Library and city officials will be joined by other members of the City Council and Library Board, as well as the Friends of the Library, Library Foundation and members of the public.

    When:
    Noon Monday, April 9, 2012

    Schedule:
    Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Event Remarks
    Library Board president, mayor, City Councilman Richard Conlin and city librarian will talk about the levy plan and what it offers the community. Two Library patrons will talk about the importance of libraries in their lives. The press will receive copies of the proposal, “Libraries for All: A Plan for the Present, A Foundation for the Future.”

    12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Other Broadcast Opportunities
    Library officials, the mayor, City Council members, Library patrons Eleanor Owen and Kathrine Beck, as well as Library Friends and Foundation members available for further interviews. Opportunities to film baby story time, tax assistance program and poetry group and other activities happening in the building. City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed Library levy for the Aug. 7, 2012 ballot at 2:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 600 Fourth Ave.

    Where:
    The Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 3

    Information:
    Andra Addison, The Seattle Public Library, 206-386-4103, andra.addison@spl.org
    Caroline Ullmann, The Seattle Public Library, 206-615-1627, caroline.ullmann@spl.org

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