EveryLibrary Backs Community Members for Ronan District Library
EveryLibrary today announces that we are backing the work of Ronan, Montana's ballot issue committee "Community Members for Ronan Library District" as they campaign for a May 7th, 2013 library election.
Voters in Ronan and surrounding communities are being asked to authorize a new district library authority for the Ronan City Library. EveryLibrary is supporting the committee's work with a $1,000 donation to conduct voter education and Get Out The Vote activities, along with campaign consulting, voter data analysis, and training support.
"This districting authority for Ronan Public Library is a vitally important initiative for this community", says John Chrastka, EveryLibrary's Executive Director. "Total library funding from the city's General Fund is only $15,000 for next fiscal year. Without work of the Community Members committee to get this passed, the library would be reduced to one librarian. As it is, all funding for new books comes from donations by their active local Friends group." If passed on May 7th, this new authority would establish a funding level of nearly $200,000 for the library and place it under the control of an elected library board.
The Ronan City Library serves the towns of Ronan, Pablo, and surrounding parts of Lake County in the School District 30 area. If passed, this new district library would be concurrent with the school district. The city of Ronan is on the Flathead Indian Reservation and the D'Arcy McNickle Library is on the campus of Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT.
"Community Members for Ronan Library District" is locally organized as a ballot issue committee under Montana law.
EveryLibrary is a politically active national organization dedicated to supporting local library ballot measures through capacity building, direct funding, and campaign consultancy. More about EveryLibrary can be found at www.everylibrary.org.