Preserve IMLS to insure important local services.
Whitman County Library bookmobile circa 1950
President Trumpís proposed budget calls for the elimination of The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). While many have never heard of IMLS, we experience its benefits through our local libraries every day.
Per capita, Whitman County Library District directly to the south of Spokane County is one of the top recipients of IMLS grants in Washington State. IMLS funding supports early literacy efforts, downloadable eBooks and audio books, technology classes for kids and adults (from Lego Mindstorms and Kids Coding Camps to software and hardware instruction for adults and seniors), technology equipment and telecommunication upgrades, The Rural Heritage online collection, services to the blind and physically handicapped, staff and board training and others.
Pick your favorite library service and IMLS likely played a hand in it. And, even if you donít use the library, your family, friends, and neighbors probably do. Last year attendance at Whitman County Library classes and programs reached an all-time high of 39,000, traditional checkouts were steady at 121,000 and use of eBooks and other online resources topped 43,000; strong usage for a library district of just 15,000 people.
You wonít see a better return on your investment than tax support for libraries. Whitman County Library spends a relatively small amount to effectively educate and support people in every age group and from every walk of life. IMLS funds stretch our local dollars, insuring us access to reliable information and innovative services, resources that are taken for granted and easily afforded by our urban counterparts.
If local library service is important to you, I encourage you to call Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers at 509-353-2374 or in Washington DC at 202-225-2006. You can also call us at 877-773-3375 to obtain contact information for President Trump, our state senators or other legislators who represent us all.
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director Whitman County Rural Library District 102 S. Main Street Colfax, WA 99111 509.397.4366
For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.