At the most recent Turlock City Council Meeting, Council voted unanimously to support Measure T, a proposal on the June ballot to continue the eighth-cent sales tax increase in support of the Stanislaus County library system.
President of the Friends of the Turlock Library Pat Hickman attended the City Council meeting in effort to gain support from members of the City Council, and to appeal to community members to vote in favor of the eighth-cent sales tax.
“Without it, we don’t have public libraries,” advocated Hickman. “Everybody out there, please vote yes.”
The tax was first passed in 1995, and currently provides more than 85 percent of the library’s budget.
According to a research project measuring the value of the Turlock Public Library, as conducted by The Center for Public Policy Studies at California State University Stanislaus and the Friends of the Turlock Public Library Board, people who responded to a community survey indicated that it was very important for Turlock to have a public library building. When asked to indicate the value of the library building, 81.7% of the responders marked “very valuable.”
The research also showed that the Turlock Public Library helps those with inadequate resources, showing that this access to materials, services, and programs at the Turlock Public Library conservatively saves residents over $4,398,505 in 2008, or $63.00 of savings per resident of Turlock.
The Friends of the Turlock Public Library will also be having a Turlock Kickoff for the “Save Our Libraries” effort on March 24th, at 10am, located at the Carnegie Arts Center.
This is the first time Turlock has had a "kickoff,” the previous years it has always been in Modesto only.
Turlock Mayor John Lazar, TUSD Trustee Dr. Harinder Grewal, and other local government officials will be speaking about the importance of saving Stanislaus libraries with the 1/8 cent sales tax renewal.
There will be high school students and others who will be walking precincts for the cause as they distribute the literature about Measure T.
The Stanislaus County Library System will also be celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, with each branch having their own centennial party. The Turlock Public Library will be celebrating on April 11, at 11am.
The Turlock Public Library is located at 550 Minaret Avenue in Turlock, and is open to the public from 10am – 9pm Monday through Wednesday, and 10am – 5pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. The library is closed on Fridays and Sundays.
For more information regarding the efforts in saving the Turlock Public Library, please visit http://www.stanislauslibrary.org/about_friends_turlock.shtml.