The proposed budget calls for a 74% decrease in funding for statewide library services. This cut includes the elimination of all statewide library programs and services including the elimination of the statewide summer reading program and closing the doors of the NJ State LIbrary Talking Book and Braille Center (formerly known as the Library for the Blind and Handicapped).

We need your help to tell our story. We are looking for real life experiences that tell how NJ libraries are helping people in the present economic situation. Please fill out the following information so that we can share your story with others. Thank you!

* 1. What sacrifices are you and your family making in the present economic situation?

* 2. How has your library helped you in these tough economic times?

* 3. Name

* 4. Your Town

* 5. Your Library

* 6. We would like to contact you to discuss your story. Please share your email or phone number with us.

Thank you for sharing your story. If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone in person, please contact Nancy Dowd.

Phone: 609-278-2640 x 122