As part of President Trump’s budget proposal, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) faces a loss of $183 million in funding. The LSTA, the only federal program exclusively for libraries, consolidates the federal library program and links libraries electronically.
In Pulaski County, LSTA funds make children’s enrichment activities such the Summer Reading Program possible. My own children have immensely benefited from this program and others that promote literacy and creativity. The library has multiple story time events each week for young children. Other free and frequent enrichment children’s activities are not available in our county.
In Pulaski County, the library is a vital lifeline to computers and internet access for the many residents who cannot afford these services in their own homes. No availability to access the internet could have ramifications, including limiting job searches or research capabilities for students.
Currently, a letter is being circulated for signatures by Congress to be sent to the Appropriations Committee in support of the LSTA. Contact your representative today as members of the House only have until tomorrow, April 3rd, to sign the letter. Morgan Griffith, our 9th congressional district representative, has yet to sign.