The board of Science Writers in New York has sent the following letter to Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn, in response to the news that the City restored funding to the New York Public Library.
Mayor R. Michael Bloomberg
Christine C. Quinn, Speaker
New York, NY 10007
Dear Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn:
New York City is widely and rightly regarded as an international thought-leader and home to some of the world’s most advanced research and scholarship. One of the foundations on which this much-deserved reputation rests is the New York Public Library (NYPL). Our neighborhood libraries also serve as community hubs that provide books to residents at no cost, as well as such essential services as job search resources for adults and educational programs for our young people.
New York’s is the only library system that features both world-acclaimed research centers and the world’s largest network of branch libraries, with a long-standing tradition of serving the local community, as well as the international world of learning.
Science Writers in New York is the regional affiliate of the National Association of Science Writers, a professional organization composed of journalists, writers and public relations profesionals who cover advances in science, medicine, and technology in order to “foster the dissemination of accurate information regarding science through all media normally devoted to informing the public,” and as a result, we have experienced firsthand the inestimable value of the resources NYPL offers.
We applaud the decision to restore City funding to the New York Public Library system, and we urge you to continue support, in light of future budget pressures, to keep our libraries open and accessible.
Joe Bonner, Co-chair
David Levine, Co-chair
cc: Paul LeClerc, President and CEO, New York Public Library