President Trump’s proposed budget cuts will target libraries and museums nationwide and will end their services to the community if passed. Julie Todaro, the President of the American Library Association is prepared to fight back along with its members and the support of hard-working librarians across the nation. In her statement against the cuts, she called Trump’s proposal to end funding “counterproductive and short-sighted.”  

 

The proposal of FY2018 will completely eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services and will wipe out funding for all library and museum services entirely. Todaro will not stand by silently and allow Trump to get away with this.

She vowed, “The American Library Association will mobilize its members, Congressional library champions and the millions upon millions of people we serve in every zip code to keep those ill-advised proposed cuts from becoming a Congressional reality.”

 

Also affected by proposed budget cuts will be the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the National Endowment for Humanities. His plan is to raise military funding by 10 percent. However, cutting funding for libraries and museums will be detrimental to the communities these entities serve, and therefore could not serve us well as a nation in the long term.

 

It would result in many losing their jobs as the nation’s librarians and staff, and the loss of literacy programs implemented to serve its citizens who need to learn better reading skills. The loss of funding for museums will result in a great loss of invitation to explore culture and diversity as well as rich history. The results could be far-reaching and negatively impact the community. The burden could be much greater to bear than Trump realizes.

 

Libraries are more than just a place to check out good books. They serve as places to learn about anything you need to know. Often libraries use the funding they receive to host events that serve and enlighten the community, they share much-needed resources, including tools to help people with disabilities.

 

These events are free to the public and are well-planned in order to give the community the best they can offer. Libraries are considered “the people’s university,” and we need them in order for our communities to thrive.

 

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