Friday, June 26, 2009

Here's what's going on in Ohio libraries Friday morning

The Plain Dealer reports that a budget deal appears near as a House-Senate committee has scheduled a Saturday morning meeting. That normally signals a deal is imminent, writes Aaron Marshall. No word on what the budget figures will show. The Canton Repository calls for a temporary state budget to be put into place.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights libraries will go dark for five minutes at noon. This is in solidarity with some other northeast Ohio libraries who have had to go without lights during the day as a cost-cutting step, such as the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library in West Jefferson, according to CH-UH director Nancy S. Levin.

The Save Ohio Libraries group on Facebook has just gone over 30,000 members.

Several state representatives and senators have vocalized their support for libraries -- Rep. Jeff McClain, (R-Upper Sandusky); Dave Burke, (R-Marysville); Rep. Robert D. Hackett (R-London); Rep. Jay Hottinger, (R-Newark); Rep. Ted Celeste (D-Grandview Heights); and Rep. Deborah Newcomb (D-Conneaut), to name a few.

The Ohio Library Council advises that libraries "pare back" their messages that ask patrons to contact politicians. They believe the campaign has worked so far.

Now is the time to begin thanking all those who have spoken up in support of libraries.

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