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  • April 2010
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It’s Your Library — Help Keep It That Way

As teens, you’re in a tough position. Your political ideals are starting to gel, and your brain is starting to understand the complex relationship between governments, communities, and the private sector. At the same time, you can’t vote, and it seems that the adult world doesn’t want to listen.

Yesterday, however, I got a great reminder of what teens can accomplish when they put their mind to it. You might know that the most recent Pennsylvania State budget adds additional funding cuts to the already 27.8% cuts that were passed last year. These cuts have already taken away over 75% of the funding to the Access PA Power Library, which provides research databases to elementary, middle, and high schools across the state of Pennsylvania.

Two great teen volunteers, Tessa & Renata, staffed our National Library Week table for only one hour, but in that time managed to talk to over 70 people and inspire over 30 letters to the Pennsylvania state legislators responsible for keeping libraries funded and ensuring that children, teens, and adults all over the state–and especially Pittsburgh–can be served by their libraries.

What I’m trying to say is…


Our advocacy page has all the info you need to help make sure the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will last through your lifetime. You can use the library to help select your college and find scholarships. You can use the library to help you research your college essay and find books to read on your spring break. You can use the library to help prepare yourself for your first job. You can use the library to learn how to buy a house and raise kids who are just as smart as awesome as you are.

But first, we need your voice. Write! Give! Talk!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main

2 Responses

  1. nicer as a 14 year old i apreiciate that

  2. Thirty advocacy letters in an hour is awesome and will help make a difference. Keep up the pressure!

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