Laurelhurst Community Club                                                     

Serving 2800 Households and Businesses in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood


November 2, 2005




Councilmember Richard McIver, Chair

Finance and Budget Committee and

Members of the Seattle City Council

600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2

P.O. Box 34025

Seattle, WA 98124-4025


RE:       Budget Request—Library Funding

 Dear Councilmember McIver and Members of the Council,

             The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees urges you to restore funding for Seattle’s libraries in the 2006 city budget.  Libraries are the one great equalizer in our society.  Seattle citizens deserve a library system with adequate resources and hours of service.

             We support Councilmember Steinbrueck’s proposal to restore the resource/book collections and library hours to pre-recession levels by allocating $2.8 million to the Seattle Public Library budget. 


            Seattle’s library system provides open access to information, resources and services for our diverse community.  The books and other resources inspire and help residents to meet personal, educational, cultural, vocational, recreational and professional information needs.  The Seattle Public Library is a leading force in our community providing educational enrichment for all ages and abilities and helping to promote equality of opportunity.  For these reasons, our citizens deserve adequate library resources and hours of operation.


            We urge you to support Councilmember Steinbrueck’s library funding proposal.  Thank you for considering the views of the Laurelhurst Community Club.




                                                                        Jeannie Hale, President

                                                                        3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE

                                                                        Seattle, Washington  98105

                                                                        206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631