California Libraries lose ALL State Funding State, National, International, posted by Rick, a resident of another community, on Feb 9, 2012 at 6:47 am
It may not have been much; it had been decreasing over time, but now there will be no state monies given to any public library in California. So even though libraries are reporting record usages,once again they are being forced to cannabalize programs to preserve services. The information is found here:Web Link
Posted by My 2 cents, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:32 am
"Now libraries in the Bay Area, as in the rest of the state, will lose funding for literacy programs, InterLibrary Loans, and miscellaneous expenses such as librarian training programs and books"
This is wrong! So prisoners get access to books and education, but libraries do not? There is something wrong with this.
But I have to admit that the Pleasanton library is not very good, and they seldom have anything we need. We have gotten very used to going to another city's library (yes, we pay a fee because we are not in-county, but it is worth it)
Perhaps what they need to do is consolidate the smaller libraries into one central one.
Posted by Born Republican and Free, a resident of the California Somerset neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Mike and I are on the same page on this. Public libraries? School libraries? Who cares? We're living in an age where it's less and less important to read. Libraries are simply a drain on taxpayers who have a lot more important things to spend their money on, like themselves.
Posted by Born Republican and Free, a resident of the California Somerset neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm
There are criminals swarming the streets. We see them drive through Pleasanton in souped up cars with hip hop music blaring. We need more cops, more arrests, and judges have to stop acting like Santa Claus once the criminals stand before them. We need longer sentences, more prisons, and more prison guards. Our morality is declining because of liberal loony values. Here's what Commie Krugman has to say: "Adjusted for inflation, entry-level wages of male high school graduates have fallen 23 percent since 1973. Meanwhile, employment benefits have collapsed. In 1980, 65 percent of recent high-school graduates working in the private sector had health benefits, but, by 2009, that was down to 29 percent." The unions are cawdling kids who come from the ghetto, pushing white kids into crime. We need to start arresting and imprisoning the loud union-protected hip hoppers with their chrome mags so as to give white kids a more equal chance.
Posted by clink, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm
Well, I gotta tell you. I love the Pleasanton Library, although it's true I don't use it after school hours. It is a great place. I for one hate to see the place lose its funding. Of course, at the same time, I don't want to pay for it either. It's true people don't read. But I go through 5-6 books a month. It's my enjoyment. Now I don't read every book from cover to cover, but I bet I know a lot more than Cholo or some of you other folks out there. You just have to ask me the right questions that's all. Excuse me, I have to go return some books and check out some CD's.
Posted by Cut them all, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 10, 2012 at 6:43 am
Yes, eliminate libraries. Not enough demand. We should also eliminate the Police force and the Fire Department, and privatize them. After all, I don't need them all the time. When my house catches fire or I get burglarized, I call a private firm and I pay as I go. I shouldn't use my hard earned money for some public service with so little demand for me.
And while at it, I think we should also do away with public parks. I no longer have kids that need them, or dogs to walk. Those that need one can go to a private park and pay for the usage. That should go for state parks, and don't forget the Sports Park in Pleasanton. I don't use it, why should I pay for it? All that space would be great for private businesses. Think of all the tax revenue for the city!
There's also the street cleaning. I can do it myself. No need to pay taxes to have it done in front of my house. Waste of money!
And services for the disabled? Nonsense! They should be cared for by their families. They should not be my responsibilty.
Posted by long time parent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:38 am
Probably a good question now is what is the purpose of a library at a school? When I was in school, many, many years ago, we did not have a public library in our own city and we obviously did not have the Internet for doing research. Today, in Pleasanton, we have a public library in town, and there is not as much reason to go to the library to go through the encyclopedias of a school library for a research project.
I am not advocating for changing the libraries at schools, yet, but rather am curious on what the purpose is today. Possibly the library's function has been replaced by the computer lab? Sometimes we keep doing something a certain way because "that is the way we always did it" but it is good at times to evaluate the purpose and see if it still makes sense, or there is a better way to do it now.
Posted by My 2 cents, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:38 am
My kids do not use the school libraries but do use the public libraries. The Pleasanton library is usually not enough to meet their research needs, and that is why we go to another city, where they have a big library with many resources, both for school work and for reading for pleasure.
The internet is nice, but not all kids have access to it, especially the younger kids, plus there is so much junk posted on the web, that a young kid may be better off at a real library.
I think that we need to consolidate the smaller libraries into one big central one. We could for instance, have one central library serving the cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and Fremont. That way, we can have an Alameda County central library serving the East Bay, and it would be more cost efficient and the library could have more resources.
Posted by anon, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm
I LOVE the Pleasanton Library and use it almost weekly. I get many books via interlibrary loan. The staff are wonderful. People who say you can get it all online are wrong: the Google Books project, Gutenberg, and other online book efforts notwithstanding, there are MANY books one cannot get online or on the Kindle type readers, not even for a fee.
It certainly is possible to buy many (but not all) books one wants. I would rather pay the library than pay to personally own (and then discard) any more books.
It might seem to non-readers that there are plenty of sources for books and info, but once one gets interested in a specialized area, it quickly becomes clear that one simply cannot buy some books (even if one could afford it), that lots of existing info is not online.
I do agree that a new model for funding local libraries is needed. Government funding has been withering for decades, esp for remote or poor areas. In fact, if we do not get a new source of support for libraries, we probably will not have them much longer. And judging by many comments here, many people will not care. What a loss!