We need your help NOW to keep the City from drastically reducing the hours at our Walnut Creek libraries. Please read this message and join us in urging our City Council members to continue funding our libraries. We have less than a week to act.
Contra Costa County pays the full cost of keeping all of its public libraries open for 35 hours per week. In Walnut Creek, our City Council has provided the funding to supplement these hours so that our two libraries are open for an additional 21 hours every week. But the nationwide economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has seriously strained budgets at all levels of government, causing them to rethink funding priorities.
Despite these challenges, the County has committed to fully fund the 35 library hours through the 2020-21 fiscal year. Our City Council, on the other hand, has indicated by a 3-2 vote that they will cut the city’s funding for ALL of the 21 supplemental hours at the Walnut Creek libraries. They are planning to take this step despite the fact that the Walnut Creek Library Foundation has committed to partnering with the city by giving an emergency grant of $100,000 if it continues to fund at least 17 supplemental hours for the second half of the 2020-21 fiscal year.
The City Council is scheduled to take its final vote on this matter on Tuesday, June 30. The only way to change their minds is to raise our voices. Please email the City Council now and encourage them to continue supporting our Walnut Creek libraries.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that as human beings we need to be able to come together to work, play and learn. Our libraries are one of the most important venues for doing that. They are not a luxury; they are an essential community resource.
The County and the private sector are doing their part to keep our libraries open. Please help encourage our City Council to join us in this vital effort to maintain the quality of life we all value.
Submit written comments about what our libraries mean to you and urge City Council to fund library hours by email to PublicComments@walnut-creek.org prior to the City Council meeting. Comments received 2 hours prior to the start of the meeting will be provided to the City Council and posted to the City website as part of the official record.
To watch the June 30th Special City Council meeting, view at https://www.walnut-creek.org/government/public-meeting-agendas-and-videos.