State Cuts All Public Library Funding for Literacy Programs

As of January, 2012, the state has completely eliminated all state-sponsored funding for public libraries, including funds for literacy programs. Unless the California State Legislature acts to change this, literacy programs throughout the state will be in serious jeopardy, including our own Read Santa Clara.

Imagine if you couldn’t read and write. How would you fill out a job application? How would you read the instructions on your medicine? What if you couldn’t read a bed time story to your child? Over 20,000 literacy learners in California annually receive literacy training from public libraries. Without state funding these adult learners will go without critical services. A literate population stimulates economic growth. Literacy fosters learning and education within families and our society.

Help us fight to reinstate state funding for adult literacy programs. Write to these legislators TODAY. Tell them how important it is to you that state funding for literacy programs at public libraries continues.

These two Budget subcommittees have jurisdiction over library funding issues at the State Capitol. You may contact these members via email, mail or fax.

  1. Senator Carol Liu, Chair
    Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 5061
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone (916) 651-4021
    Fax: (916) 324-7543
    Email: http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD21
  2. Senator Ted Gaines (*)
    Member, Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 3060
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4001
    Fax: (916) 324-2680
    Email: senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov
  3. Senator Rod Wright
    Member, Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 5064
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4025
    Fax: (916) 445-3712
    Email: http://sd25.senate.ca.gov/contact

CONTACT BEFORE May 2nd when the State Assembly’s Education Finance subcommittee meets:

  1. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, Chair
    Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 2188
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2011
    Fax: (916) 319-2111
    Email: http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD11;
  2. Assemblyman Bill Berryhill
    Member, Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 3141
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916)319-2026
    Fax: (916) 319-2126
    Email: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/26/?p=email
  3. Assemblywoman Julia Brownley
    Member, Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 2163
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2041
    Fax: (916) 319-2141
    Email: http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD41&
  4. Assemblyman Brian Nestande
    Member, Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 4139
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: 916-319-2064
    Fax: (916) 319-2164
    Email: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/64/?p=email
  5. Assemblyman Sandre Swanson
    Member, Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 6012
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2016
    Fax: (916) 319-2116
    Email: http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD16&
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