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Save Mary Esther Public LIbrary

Mary Esther Public Library is in danger of being forced to close its doors. We need your help today to make sure that doesn't happen.

Save Mary Esther Public LIbrary

Mary Esther Public Library is in danger of being forced to close its doors. We need your help today to make sure that doesn't happen.

FLORIDA - At the City of Mary Esther Budget Meeting on July 24th, 2017, the City Council members discussed the possibility of permanently closing the Mary Esther Public Library and denying the residents access to important informational and educational resources as a means to balance the budget. Currently, just three of the council members support the library. So we are asking you to sign this petition and send an email to the city council members to ask for all council members to support the Mary Esther Library. Keep them from denying residents access to these important services.

The Mary Esther Public Library is incredibly important to our residents. In fact, Mayor Chris Stein recently said, “We don’t have a pool, tennis courts, ball field, a Fort Walton Landing or anything of any value. The only thing we have is the library.”

Just $5-10 a month ensures that we can continue our work 

Florida libraries are also a critical part of the infrastructure of our communities and an excellent investment of tax dollars. Recent studies have shown that:

  • Florida’s public libraries return $8.32 for every $1.00 invested from all sources.
  • For every $3,491 spent on public libraries from public funding sources in Florida, one job (in the economy, not just in libraries) is created.
  • For every dollar of public support spent on public libraries in Florida, Gross Regional Product (the value of all goods and services produced in the state) increases by $10.57.
  • For every dollar of public support spent on public libraries in Florida, income (wages) increases by $22.97.

Besides being such an outstanding investment in tax money, libraries are part of a holistic approach to reducing crime and creating economic stability in communities by promoting literacy. Adults and children with low literacy levels are far more likely to commit crimes, earn lower wages, rely on welfare, and cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Libraries like Mary Esther provide the services that Americans need to support themselves and earn better, happier, and more successful lives.

A donation of $25-50 funds our political actions for libraries

 Let’s make sure that the City of Mary Esther has the public library it needs to guarantee the long-term health and stability of the economy and community. Please sign this petition and plan to attend the next City of Mary Esther budget meeting on August 7th,  at approximately 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church- Mary Esther, 28 North Street (and HWY 98), Mary Esther, FL, 32569.  The meetings will be held in the Fellowship Hall.


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