Libraries have been called “the people’s university” because it is open and free to everyone.
In these challenging times the Pomona Library is more than an information and education resource. It is a community center, a think tank, a discussion forum and a sanctuary for people from all walks of life.
Since 2009, the Pomona Library has taken financial cutbacks to its budget that has depleted its hours and services to the bare bone.
Like many other cities The Pomona Library relies on city tax funds that they must compete for with many other services the city provides.
With a yearly budget of over one million dollars for the current hours and services, the cities’ economic problems have made the future of the Pomona Library uncertain.
The Pomona Public Library needs everybody’s help. The present economic situation has forced the City of Pomona to reduce personnel and services. The city has outsourced some services, and the budget for the Pomona Public Library has been reduced. Sales and property taxes have dropped.
The state government has also undermined Pomona’s ability to thrive by taking funds from the city on a consistent basis. Examples:
Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) 86 million since 1992. This year,the state will take about 5.3 millions . Vehicle License Fees (VLF), a yearly amount of approximately $874,000, and the Redevelopment Funds have also been absorbed by the state this year.
The poor economy, lack of a strong revenue source, continuous demands from the state government, and the loss of a lawsuit are some of the reasons why we are asking for support from our community.
The city requires 1.6 million a year to maintain the library and keep it opened for limited numbers of days and hours per week. We want to maintain and enhance the library services at a level that our citizens need and deserve, but we need community support.
The Friends of the Library, members of the community, and two council members have formed a Task Force to gather community input and organize fundraisers and other activities geared to maintain and enhance the library services. The Task force holds meetings every Monday at 10AM. Members break into working groups to discuss strategies and activities.
The task force plans include a Rally on Aug. 15, 2012, and a fundraiser gathering on Sep. 13, 2012. Both events will be open to the public. Other activities will involve school children and youth. The task force is also requesting donations from business, professional, organizations and the general public.
The Pomona Library is more than an information and education resource. It is a community center, a think tank, a discussion forum and a sanctuary for people from all walks of life.
One third of visits are for educational needs — and not just for children doing homework or adults continuing their education. Teachers often use public libraries for their continued education or to keep up with professional literature; they also rely on public libraries to prepare for class or lectures.
The Pomona Library, like many others, provides access to jobs databases, civil-service-exam materials, software to help create resumes, and other employment-related information. Library staff help users complete online job applications.
When a library closes, a user bears an additional burden: He or she winds up spending about 45 additional minutes and more than $20 per visit to find and use alternative sources of civil-service-exam materials, software to help create resumes, and other employment-related information.
The Pomona Public Library has faithfully served Pomona since 1887. Many generations have visited the library for learning, enjoyment, cultural activities, or assistance. The Library now needs our help. Without our help it will not be able to operate full time.
We are asking every Pomona resident to stand up and provide any assistance they can.
The library is also used to house historic items and they are available for viewing.