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I want to make you aware of a situation in the Missouri state budget that is having a very negative effect on all public libraries, and our library in particular. I don’t often put out the call for public support, but this is an instance where I think hearing from our library users may make a big difference.
This year in 2015, Governor Nixon has withheld public library funding in the amount of approximately $5.9 million dollars. State aid to libraries and state funding for our internet connectivity has been budgeted but not released for payment, and the message we are getting is that it won’t be released at all this year. For the next budget year ending in 2016, Governor Nixon has already announced that around $6.1 million dollars for state aid to libraries and for library internet connectivity will be completely eliminated.
For Rolling Hills Library, this means almost $100,000 less in funds for the two budget years. All public libraries are taking a hit, and for the smallest of Missouri public libraries this is a devastating loss. In the total state budget, this is such a small amount but it makes all the difference in the world to Missouri public libraries and the residents we serve. The loss of this funding also means the Missouri State Library will lose our state’s share of federal funding for libraries starting in 2018.
Libraries are often the only place where people can get connected to the internet and that offer free access to computers, and as you know we are in the digital age where everything from employment to health care to shopping is “on the net.” The loss of this funding will only make the gap wider for those who cannot afford to own or buy access to computers and the internet.
I urge you to contact the governor’s office and to contact your state senator or representative and let them know how much your library means to you and how important state funding for public libraries is to the residents of Missouri. February 10th is Library Legislative Day in Jefferson City, and public library advocates from across the state will be there telling the story of why public library funding is important for everyone. Please add your voice to ours and tell them that you want public libraries fully funded!
Please contact the Governor’s office at
Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222
You can find contact information for your state legislators at http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/default.aspx/leg_lookup.aspx by typing in your address and city.
Thank you for your support!
Michelle Mears, Library Director, Rolling Hills Consolidated Library
Get prizes for reading books during our adult winter reading program! How?
Read a total of five books from any of the following categories:
- general fiction
- children's book
- an author new to you
Pick up a "thermometer" reading log at either library branch or on the bookmobile and record the titles you read.
After you read five books, bring your log back to the library to receive a prize bag! You'll also get your name entered into a grand prize drawing for a Kindle e-reader. AND as a bonus, you'll get an invitation to an Adult Winter Reading Program Party where there will be free food, fun and LOTS more prize giveaways!
Program runs now through March 5th, so get reading!
Though the library has some paper tax forms available, were are receiving only a fraction of what we had in the past. Instead, most forms are now online at www.irs.gov to download and print out. For those who need the printed forms and instructions, request them to be sent to you by mail for FREE. Here's how:
Visit Forms and Publications by U.S. Mail at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail
(1) Type in the form or instruction number click the magnify lens (e.g. 1040)
(2) Check off the box next to the forms or instructions you need and click "Add to Cart"
(3) Review your order then click "checkout"
(4) Fill in mailing address and click "continue"
(5) Confirm order is correct and click "confirm"
(6) Orders take 7-15 days for delivery
Need some content for your new tablet, e-reader or smartphone? The library has it and it's FREE! Check out one of these digital services:
Missouri Libraries 2 Go State-wide collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks for use on your computer, e-reader, tablet and smartphone.
- Instructions for using Overdrive e-books and downloadable audiobooks
- Video tutorials for using our e-book service with different devices
- Kids eReading Room
- Teen eReading Room
OneClickDigital eBook and eAudiobook collection accessible ONLY to Rolling Hills Library cardholders! That means less users, less waiting, and more titles available RIGHT NOW!
Zinio Magazines Download the latest issues of over 60 popular titles for use on your computer or tablet device. Issues are always available with no holds and no due dates!
Tumblebooks Hundreds of animated digital picture books for children with no download required! That means no holds, no logins, and no due dates! Most stories have accompanying puzzles and activities to aid in comprehension. View on a computer or mobile device.