We are proud to endorse the renewal of the Eugene public library levy and support voting YES on Measure 20-309.
“The renewal is really critical because library use in times of recession and economic downturn increases, because of powerful free resources available for everyone in the community,” says Reed Davaz McGowan, executive director of the Eugene Public Library Foundation.
The levy pays for 1/3 of all youth programming, which means safe, welcoming enviroments for teens & children after school. During Covid, the library has really stepped up for kids with free homework help, free library cards for every Eugene student, and more resources online.
Use of virtual youth programs has ALMOST DOUBLED since the pandemic. According to the Eugene Weekly, since the start of the pandemic, use of the library’s digital resources have increased almost 75 percent and nearly 1,000 new library cards have been issued. The library is now opened in a limited, safe way to allow people to use computers and wi-fi who may not have reliable access otherwise.
Here’s more on what the Eugene Weekly newspaper had to say:
"[The levy] provides more funding for the library system...adding no new taxes. The library has seen a significant increase in teen programming and branch hours as a result of the funding. The renewed levy will be able to meet even more demands brought on from the pandemic, allowing the downtown library to maintain its hours, provide educational and internet support for students and provide internet resources to populations who may not otherwise have access.
With the renewed five-year levy, the library plans to provide online tutoring services for students who need extra help with school. They also plan to reopen some buildings in a limited and COVID safe way so that students can access free wifi."
The Eugene leaders of Stand for Children encourage you to vote YES on Measure 20-309.