February 5th, 2015
Honor with Books
Do you have a special person you’d like to acknowledge at a birthday, anniversary or other significant occasion? Honor with Books is the perfect gift. With your donation, a book is purchased and receives a personalized bookplate with the honoree’s name before being added to the library’s collection. To donate to Honor with Books click here.
September 23rd, 2014
Final Budget Hearing – September 18
On September 4, the Board of County Commissioners voted 9 to 4 in favor of a tax rate that will support a $54 million library budget. The second and final voting for the County’s 2014-2015 Budget is on September 18 when it is hoped that our commissioners will adopt the library’s budget at the same rate. A 9 to 4 vote means that the vote is veto-proof. But more than that, after four years of budget cuts, it speaks volumes about the importance of the Miami-Dade Public Library System to this uniquely vibrant community we call home. We want to thank the nine commissioners who voted in favor of the millage increase. They are Commissioners Bruno Barreiro, Lynda Bell, Audrey Edmonson, Sally Heyman, Barbara Jordan, Jean Monestime, Dennis Moss, Rebeca Sosa, and Xavier Suarez. The Friends also want to thank the thousands of community supporters for their unrelenting advocacy efforts. You spoke and you were heard.
September 23rd, 2014
A New Beginning
In addition to our elected officials, and our many library advocates, we want to thank the entire library staff for being the important champions of literacy, culture and 21st century technology that they are. They are the ones who, years ago, were in the forefront of making computers and the Internet available for free. They conduct computer classes. They bring cultural exhibits from other countries. They work on literacy skills with people of all ages. Moving forward, we can all rest assured that new and exciting innovative changes will come when placed in the hands of these talented people and the many partnerships that have been created during a very challenging time. The library will evolve and continue to be one of the great cornerstones of democracy. A $54 million budget does not restore many of the services that were lost during the four years of reductions but certainly it is the first step toward building the invaluable library of the future.
July 29th, 2014
Not Done Yet! Action Needed!
The County Commission voted in July in favor of a slight tax increase enabling libraries to operate with roughly the same $52 million budget as the current year. In order to keep this partial victory intact and begin to rebuild a newly envisioned library system, it is imperative that we redouble our efforts to hold the line against reductions through the September Budget hearings when Commissioners have the option to lower the preliminary tax rate passed in July. Please donate to the Friends by clicking the button to the left or by calling 305-375-4776 to find out more information.
July 23rd, 2014
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!
July 21st, 2014
Not Done Yet!
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.
July 14th, 2014
This Is It!
Tuesday is the big day at County Hall when our County Commissioners will be setting a course for the future of our libraries. Our plans for Tuesday involve a multi-layered approach for maximum visibility and we need everyone’s participation to carry it out. Please contact Nirvana (email@example.com) or Tim (305-796-3074) for details.
April 11th, 2014
County Finance Meeting April 23, 2014
The budget process is on the move again.
Do not wait for an August Referendum.
Tell our commissioners to fund libraries now!
Begins at 9:30 am – after we all get to speak!
Stephen P. Clark Center County Hall,
111 NW 1 Street, Commission Chambers
Call (305) 375-1293 or (305) 375-4776
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friends Host Library Coalition
The Coalition to Save Our Libraries: Because Intelligence is Priceless is comprised of multiple partners including Friends of the Miami Dade Public Library System, Community Advocates for Libraries in Miami (CALM,) League of Women Voters, the Miami-Dade Public Library Advisory Board, Sustainable Miami, Time 2 Rally, the Village of Pinecrest, as well as volunteers from a vast array of social and community organizations.
The Coalition divided itself into 3 groups: Government, to lobby elected officials; Marketing and Media, to do social media, design collateral and write press releases and letters to the editor, etc.; and, Grassroots to rally the public to attend public meetings, write their commissioners, rally in the streets, wear t-shirts, etc.
For more information on how you can help: