It’s Time to Stand Together for Our Library

ballot yesWe know that having access to good a good library with the right resources is a quality of life issue for Darby. Libraries in good repair, with the latest technology will make a positive, multi-generational impact on our kid’s education, on the readiness of the workforce for 21st Century jobs, and all sorts of community outcomes that need a place like a library to be nurtured and grow.  That’s why we are voting FOR for the 3 millage increase.  It’s a smart way to spend our public resources, because our libraries serve everyone.  All of the funds will go directly to the library (not the town).  We want our librarians to have the resources they need and we want our town to have the library we deserve.

The Darby Community Public Library BIC is asking for your support of the 3 millage increase so the library can deliver on these four promises:

#1 Repair and maintain the building with dedicated funds. Use of the library has grown by over 200% since the library opened in 2004. Your FOR vote is essential for keeping the library building safe and enjoyable for all of its users.

#2 Purchase books, periodicals, and audio books with a dedicated book budget that is not based on donations. Current and well-chosen materials support a well informed community. Your FOR vote is needed to ensure access to a rich collection.

#3 Keep the library open five days a week for community access and a safe after school environment for children. Without increased funding library hours will need to be cut and that means the library will be more difficult or impossible to access for members of our community. Your FOR vote is needed to ensure that all of our neighbors, even those with non traditional schedules, can continue to access the library and its services.

#4 Provide staff to support patrons, services for children, computer assistance, and other valued library services. The staff is the lifeblood of the library. Without them we wouldn’t have story times, personalized book recommendations, tech tables, teen workshops, our countless other services that help our community members enrich themselves with education and entertainment. Your FOR vote is needed to maintain the current level of staff support that we rely on and enjoy.

Join with over 1,000 of our neighbors that have voted so far and return your ballot marked FOR the millage increase by this Tuesday, September 15. Ballots must be received (not postmarked) by 8 pm. Ballots can be hand delivered to the Ravalli County Election Office, 215 South 4th St., Suite C; Hamilton, MT 59840.

Investing in Our Future

imaginationStudies show that children who are read to before kindergarten enter school far more ready to learn. Opportunities to play in a visual, story-filled environment are imperative to reaching school readiness goals.

Darby Community Public Library is the only organization in town that offers weekly storytimes, a play area with building blocks, thousands of books for early readers, and resources for parents to help their children succeed. We need your help to keep these services for our children available to all families in our community.

Ballots are now in homes asking you to vote FOR a 3 millage increase for Darby Community Library. This will be about $30,000 per year and will fill in for an unstable source of funding in donations and grants. All of this money will go directly to the library and not the town. More stable funding will help us invest in our future. Vote FOR the millage increase!

Mark your ballot and drop it in the mail today. Or hand deliver to the Ravalli County Election Office, 215 South 4th St., Suite C; Hamilton, MT 59840. Ballots must be received by September 15.

Google is Not a Librarian

Illustration of children at story timeAre you hearing this retort when telling your neighbors that they should Vote YES for the library millage increase?

Why do we need libraries when we have Google?

It’s true that Google has made it easy to find almost anything you could imagine on the internet. But the library has something the internet doesn’t have…librarians. The Internet can’t recommend a the next great read to you because it knows the real extent of your imagination. The internet can’t make those funny little noises your child likes so much during story time or teach them how to read. The Internet can’t provide a lawn for shooting off rockets in the name of science (and fun). It can’t teach you how to knit, or paint, or craft. And the Internet can’t love your community.

But a librarian can, and they do everyday in the Darby Community Public Library.

Our community deserves a 21st century library supported by expert staff. Vote YES for Darby Library! Mark your ballot and mail it in by September 15th. Or hand deliver ballots to the Ravalli County Election Office, 215 South 4th St., Suite C; Hamilton, MT 59840.

Outcomes of the Millage Increase

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Children doing the Vote YES for Darby Library cheer.

Ballots are arriving in homes for the September 15 special election. It asks voters in our community for a 3 mill levy increase of $30,000, which is one third of the library’s budget. The Darby Community Public Library BIC is asking for your support for the millage increase here is why.

If the measure passes the increased funding will be used to:

  1. Repair and maintain the building with dedicated funds.
  2. Purchase books, periodicals, and audiobooks with a dedicated book budget that is not based on donations.
  3. Open the library five days a week for community access and a safe after school environment for children.
  4. Provide staff to support patrons, services for children, computer assistance, and other valued library services.

More facts on the library’s website.

These 4 outcomes will provide the 21st century library our community deserves. Vote YES for Darby Library! Mark your ballot and mail it in by September 15th. Or hand deliver to the Ravalli County Election Office, 215 South 4th St., Suite C; Hamilton, MT 59840

Internet Access is Essential

Vote YES logoDarby has a higher rate of Internet access compared to households nationwide. According to broadbandmap.gov 99% of households have access to Internet technology. However, according to an independent study only 87% of households have a working Internet connection. The Darby Community Public Library provides essential public computers and Internet access for those people who don’t have access to them in their homes.

In 2013-2014, library computers were used over 8,000 times for creating resumes, job searching, online job applications, homework assignments, etc. Professional library staff assisted patrons with technology questions and provided one on one help to patrons with these online activities. In order for the Darby Community Public Library to continue to provide this essential resource, we need YOUR help.

Ballots are in the mail this week asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will fund increased staff support of library technology and provides about 1/3 of the library’s annual budget. Help secure the next generation of library services by voting YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots are arriving in homes this week and must be in by September 15.

Library as a Community Resource Center

Vote Libraries 1 by Juana MedinaAccording to United States census data, 16.8% of residents in Ravalli County from 2009-2013 lived below the federal poverty line. Children living in these homes are unlikely to have technology or books. These children need literacy based library programs such as story-times to prepare them for entering school and summer-reading to keep them learning when school is out. These programs and a current collection of reading materials are fundamental to the development of families in need.

Ballots will be mailed this week asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This increase will fund a rich collection of library resources and increase the capacity of professional staff to provide transformative programs. This will provide about 1/3 of the library’s annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots must be in by September 15.

How Does the Library Impact Lives?

Vote Libraries ToolboxThe PEW Research Center recently asked Americans what impact the closing of their public library would have on them. The top answers in How Americans Value Public Libraries in their Communities:

  • Americans value public libraries as institutions that enrich their communities. Nine out of 10 Americans say closing their public library would impact their community and 94 percent believe that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community.
  • Libraries afford users access to information and resources that they may have a hard time finding elsewhere. 95 percent of Americans agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.
  • Library services are especially valued by marginalized and undeserved communities. Minorities, women, and adults living in low-income households place the greater value on public library services. For example, 56 percent of adults living in low-income households say libraries are very important in terms of providing youth programs.

At Darby Community Public Library, evening hours and after school programs mean a safe place for our youth to continue learning. More staffing to support our patrons and new technology means unemployed workers can use library computers to search for and apply for jobs. Up to date collections mean that users will have the best tools to enrich their lives. These services have a profound impact on our community and need increased and stable funding.

There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will provide about 1/3 of our annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.