Tuesday, November 01, 2011

What do Lady Liberty and the Birmingham Public Library have in common?

We’re both celebrating a birthday this year. We were both born in 1886, 125 years ago. We both stand for democracy and for the values inherent in a free society. We both welcome all and everyone.

It is no small coincidence that several of the words from Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus” (written for the Statue of Liberty) could be placed at the entrance of all 18 locations of BPL:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

What is more free than the freedom of information that BPL provides?

BPL offers services and resources for people of every socioeconomic background, not to mention every race, religion and creed.

Unfortunately, the library has suffered a major financial setback over the last two years. We are operating on half the materials budget that we once did.

The staff and board at the Birmingham Public Library believe in its mission, which is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. Our financial cuts have placed this mission in peril.

However, you can help. Your monetary contributions will allow us to offer programming throughout the system, provide access to technology, and purchase books, CDs, audiobooks, DVDs, and eBooks for the two million visitors we serve each year. We’re asking you to join us by investing for the benefit of future generations as well as the current one. Please help us keep our shelves full of the rich materials we have provided for 125 years.

Donate online, in person at any library branch, or by sending your gift to the Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203. Please make checks payable to the BPL Campaign. Thank you for investing in us! If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact 226-3761.

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