Responses from: Gary C. Peters (D)
No responses from: Justin Amash (R) , Debbie Stabenow (D)
THE MCEZ CORE PRINCIPLE FOR MAY IS EXCELLENCE.
May 5, 2017
April 25, 2017
April 18, 2017
Dear Representative Amash:
Subject: Library; Children's Library services; Local development; Unemployment;
Underemployment; Computer literacy; Starting a business; Rural development
Thank you for service. I am writing today of an issue of great concern to me.
In reading the Hastings Banner, dated April 6, 2017 I learned of the Trump administration plan
to greatly reduce library funding. In this article entitled “'Library service to face major cuts in
Trump's proposed budget” I learned just what is on the chopping block (“ ham stringed or
eliminated”): summer reading, children's literacy, Michigan library e bases, inter-library book
loans, staff training. And and all this is just for starters.
By way of introduction, I am a resident of Michigan's third district, a library Tween Room and
Book Store volunteer; most recently, a volunteer in the capacity of library board member.
The Hastings Public Library does so much! It has been referred to as the jewel of Hastings.
Hastings Public library contributes support to over 150 different services, examples of which
are: Vita Tax Preparation, the court system, thrift club, quilt making club, and chess for youth.
This is in addition to traditional services.
Libraries reduce unemployment as well as underemployment. Computer literacy, or just lack
of a computer has been an employment barrier for many, as documented in the employment
literature. Our library offers free WIFI, as well as group or individualized computer training.
Information on starting a business is available in the second floor Business Library, and by
extension through the data bases. Libraries serve to develop communities, as well as
individuals. We citizens need lifelong learning in this information age.
At a personal level, I use inter-library loan services ( Mel Cat) weekly. I've used the open
computers there for employment search, as well as for computer literacy training. At different
times, I have been part of book clubs, Great Decisions ( foreign policy), Calvin College
Speaker Series, art and crafts hosting. I can not imagine life without the Hastings Public
library ( or a reduced library) and do not want to!
My concern is that if funding is thrown back to the state of Michigan, Michigan will not be able
to absorb the cost Also if it is thrown back on the local government, the local community will
not be able to afford these services. Hastings is a small rural community without a major
industrial tax base.
My question is: As an Elected Official representing Michigan what is your position regarding
the Trump administration's budget to reduce funding for public libraries ?
I look forward to hearing from you. If I do not hear from you I will contact you again.
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Thank you letter:
MCEZ Core Principle for SEPTEMBER is Intelluctual Diversity!
September 25, 2017
Subject: Library; Children's Library services; Local development; Unemployment; Underemployment;
Computer literacy; Starting a business; Rural development
Dear Senator Peters:
Thank you for your response of September 20 to my letter of April 18 attached below. I look forward to
hearing from you again.
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September 20, 2017
Thank you for contacting me about library services. I appreciate you taking the time to express your
views. Your input is, and always will be, welcomed and appreciated.
Michigan is home to 670 public libraries across the state that make communities stronger by serving
as drivers of educational and economic success. Our libraries provide Michiganders with essential
public services ranging from career assistance for former veterans to summer reading programs for
low-income students. Many individuals, especially those in rural areas, rely on free library Internet
access for conducting research, taking online classes, and applying for jobs. I am committed to
supporting investments in library services that promote learning, innovation, and economic
development opportunities throughout Michigan.
In May 2017, President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal. I disagree with
his suggestions to significantly cut funding for our neighborhood libraries. His proposed budget asks
Congress to eliminate funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), which would
make it difficult for libraries to address community needs and retain skilled librarians. It also suggests
that congressional appropriators defund the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program that
helps school libraries and nonprofits provide books and childhood literacy activities to vulnerable
families. I sent letters to my colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them not to
follow the President’s recommendations to cut these critical library programs. As the FY 2018
appropriations process moves forward, I will continue fighting for robust funding for LSTA and IAL.
Thank you again for contacting me. I always enjoy hearing from you and hope that you take the
time to contact me again soon. For more information, please feel free to visit my website,
Gary C. Peters
United States Senator