A $64 million budget recommended by the Friends of the Library and the Coalition to Save our Libraries was rejected by the Miami-Dade County Commission on July 15, 2014 in favor of only a slight tax increase enabling libraries to operate with roughly the same $52 million budget as the current year, remaining under-funded, poorly equipped and short staffed. It’s true that the recent downward trend would end and a foundation for future growth would be secured, but even this partial victory could be lost in September when Commissioners have the option to lower the preliminary tax rate passed in July. Therefore, we must redouble our efforts to hold the line against reductions. In order to do that, we need your participation. We need your donations. Please see www.saveMDPLS.org to find out how you can get involved. Please donate via check, credit card or PayPal to Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library, writing “Advocacy” in the memo line. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Contact the Friends for details at 305.375.4776. THANK YOU!