WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT OPL?
Lots! Here are just some of the things Oakland Public Library gives to Oakland:
- Safe community spaces
- Great programs
- Literacy and education
- Free computers
- Free tax and legal help
- Free tools, seeds, music
- Free books, newspapers, magazines, movies
- Expert, welcoming staff
BUT OPL IS AT RISK.
Starting in July 2015, OPL’s budget will be short by $2.5- $3.5 million per year. For ten years, OPL’s funding has come partly from the City’s General Fund and partly from Measure Q, a parcel tax that was supposed to expand library services and add a sixth day of service at all library branches. When Measure Q passed in 2004, the City paid for about 2/3 of OPL’s budget and Measure Q paid for about 1/3. Since then, the City has steadily reduced its support of OPL; now it pays for only a little more than 1/3 of OPL’s budget, and Measure Q pays for almost 2/3. Next year, the Measure Q reserve funds will be gone – but OPL still needs money for all the great things it does for Oakland.
Unless the City steps up, OPL will have to close 6-8 branches OR stop buying books and movies AND close 3 branches.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. Join a group supporting OPL:
- facebook.com/saveopl (Save Oakland Library Facebook page)
- facebook.com/OPLadvocate (Library Advisory Commission Facebook page)
- twitter.com/OPLAdvocate (Library Advisory Commission Twitter handle)
- OaklandLAC@gmail.com (OPL Advocate email list)
2. Tell the Oakland City Council what’s so great about OPL and why the City should pay for it:
- Dan Kalb, District 1: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-238-7001
- Patricia Kernighan, District 2: PKernighan@oaklandnet.com, 510-238-7002
- Lynette Gibson McElhaney, District 3: D3intern@oaklandnet.com, 510-238-7032 (Chief of Staff Zachary Wald)
- Libby Schaaf, District 4: email@example.com, 510-238-7004
- Noel Gallo, District 5: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-238-7005
- Desley Brooks, District 6: email@example.com, 510-238-7006
- Larry Reid, District 7: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-238-7007
- Rebecca Kaplan, at large: email@example.com, 510-238-7008
3. Pass this information on to 5 friends.