Please sign and share this petition to show New London City Mayor Daryl Finizio and the City Council how many of us feel that municipal funding to the library must not be reappropriated to balance the budget deficit. The library is in immediate danger of closing its doors. We are taking a stand together and demanding that library services be protected from politics. We speak from our hearts in support of our library. We feel that it is the responsibility of the Mayor and the Council to resolve the current budget deficit without threatening the financial stability of the library.
The New London Library supports education and literacy, providing services uniquely tailored to the needs of our community including preschool education, adult education, GED and employment testing resources, English as a second language, tax preparation, and serves as a community center. The library also links residents to state and local social services and programs, meeting and community rooms, and provides free access to the Internet.
Libraries teach technology and information literacy skills needed in todays job market, bridge the resource gap for at-risk kids, and ensure access to print and electronic materials to all people. In these challenging financial times, the library provides the connections that ensure the well being of children, families, and small businesses. The New London Library should not be considered discretionary spending, because it is a vital resource. The mission of the library to provide access to information and services free to everyone is critical to the stability of our city.
"The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization; the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” ~Carl Sagan, Cosmos