November 1, 2011 |

Libraries are our anchors

For more than 115 years, has there been a more important asset to our neighborhoods than Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh?

Libraries anchor our neighborhoods as community centers, offering everyone a place to grow and learn. For our children, Carnegie Libraries offer a place to continue learning after school and during summer break.

For our seniors, Carnegie Libraries offer a place to gather and socialize, as well as to have access to the internet.

For those looking for work in today's difficult economic climate, Carnegie Libraries offer a place for free internet job searches.

While the libraries were a gift from Andrew Carnegie, he did not leave an endowment for their continued operation. He thought it was important people personally invest in the operation of their libraries.

To meet Mr. Carnegie's challenge, we now have the opportunity to create a dedicated source of funding to continue this vital community anchor that is our Library system.

So how can you do your part to help?

Please, come out and vote "Yes" for our Carnegie Library System on November 8. A vote "Yes" is a vote for our kids, for our seniors, our neighborhoods, our libraries, and our future.

Bruce A. Kraus

Councilman for District Three

(Councilman Kraus is a member of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees.)

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