I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
— Maya Angelou

I got an email the other day from the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library encouraging me to participate in their annual 10 X 10 fundraising challenge. For the past four years, the goal has been to get 10,000 people to donate $10 dollars by October 10th. The mission of the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library is to promote library excellence by advocating, volunteering and raising funds for special educational and cultural programs.

Now more than ever, this fundraising is vital. Just the other day, the county proposed eliminating 22 libraries (10 storefronts and 12 branches) as well as laying off 251 employees. This would result in the closing of nearly half of the libraries in Miami-Dade including a majority of the community service programs. 

This breaks my heart.  

Is it true that technology is making libraries and book stores less attractive? Yes.

However, every single time I go into a library I see tons of residents on the computers using the internet. Or I see children being tutored and studying. Or I see parents checking out DVD’s to entertain themselves and their kids.   

Libraries are so much more than just buildings to house old books. They offer everyone an opportunity to better themselves regardless of their financial status. Not everyone can afford a smartphone. Or cable. Or a computer. Or after-school care.  There are also tons of special educational and cultural programs offered throughout the year which help progress our society. 

I can remember a few months ago how excited my six year old niece was to receive her first library card and to be able to roam the aisles and pick out her books.  It’s one of our first introductions to social responsibility.

The budget cuts won’t be finalized until September.  We can still have our voice be heard by contacting our local commissioners.

For this Random Act of Kindness Wednesday, I have sent a letter to my local commissioner as well as donated $10 to the Friends of Miami-Dade Public Library in hopes of helping them reach their goal. 

OM the moment for your soul and make your own donation, send a letter to your commissioner or sign a petition urging them to reconsider the budget cuts.    

To contact your commissioner, click here.
To make your $10 donation to Friends of the Miami-Dade Library, click here.
To sign Change.org's petition, click here.

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