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To my dear fellow New Yorkers:

If you are like me (and if you are on my flist, I suspect you are), you like books. You probably like them a lot. If you are like me, then you might have spent your childhood addicted to the public library. You might have felt a little thrill of excitement every time you went to the library, to see what new books you could bring home today. You might have been willing, back before interlibrary loan was all internetted, to shell out 40 cents to place an order for a book you were dying to read. You might have had your world opened up in a million ways by the books your local branch of the public library could provide.

If you are like me, then your public library made all the difference in your life when you were growing up, and if you are like me, then it still does.

Right now, there is not enough funding for public libraries. If you can give back financially to your library, more power to you. But if you're poor like me, there's another easy way for you to help. My branch is having a letter-writing campaign right now. Maybe yours is too. You write a letter. You put it in an envelope. You give it to the librarian, and the library mails them all out. It's not hard. It's completely free. And it really makes a difference.

At the mayor's office, and the city council, they count these letters. These letters tell them how important Public Library is to the people of this city. Is it important to you? It's important to me.

So give back to the library. Write a letter. It doesn't even have to be complicated. In fact, there's even a form letter that I will reproduce here for you:

Form letter, below the cut. )

And here are the people to send it to )

So write a letter. Write two. Write ten. If your branch isn't having a letter-writing campaign, you can write them and give them to me and I'll give them in at my branch. It's so easy. And it's free.

If you're like me, you've been using your library for free (aside from a few fines) for most of your life. I think it's time to give a little back.

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