Laurelhurst Community Club                                                     

Serving 2800 Households and Businesses in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood


November 6, 2007




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:      Library Funding

 Dear Councilmember McIver and Members of the Council,

             The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees urges you to support the recommendation of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library for $2.5 million for increased funding for books, materials and computer replacement.  We urge you to adjust the budget to fill the collections gap 


            The Mayor’s proposed budget to fund operations for the expanded and remodeled libraries and for a security study is an important start, but doesn’t go far enough to meet the needs of our residents.  Library circulation is up 83 percent since 1999 and total square footage for all the libraries in the system has increased by 82 percent.  It’s time to fill the shelves.  People should not have to wait and wait to get a book or to use a computer. Seattle citizens deserve a library system with adequate resources.


            Seattle’s library system provides open access to information, resources and services for our diverse communities.  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, adequate library funding should be a priority for our city. 


            Thank you for considering the views of the Laurelhurst Community Club.




Barbara Bender, LCC Trustee                                                Jeannie Hale, President

3804 48th Avenue NE                                                 3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE

Seattle, Washington  98105                                        Seattle, Washington  98105

206-522-6073                                                              206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631