In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.
Facts about library use in Rep. Paul Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin:
- Just blocks from Rep. Ryan’s Wisconsin office, more than 716,000 visitors used the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin to access library computers and research databases, check out books and receive job training in 2013.
- More than 65 percent of Wisconsin libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities.
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services administered more than $2.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year to help Wisconsin libraries prepare young students for school and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Wisconsin residents.
- The state of Wisconsin reported that more than 215,000 children participated in summer reading programs in state public libraries.
Advocates can support IMLS by tweeting Rep. Ryan at @RepPaulRyan.
"We shouldn’t be concerned about libraries without books but libraries without librarians." / @cfboeninger at #CILDC - Chad was quoting Aaron Schmidt (@walkingpaper on Twitter)
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