YMCA of Snohomish County endorses YES for Libraries

YMCA of Snohomish County endorses YES for LibrariesOn March 14th, the YMCA of Snohomish County passed a resolution in support of the YES for Libraries campaign. Read the full text of the resolution below.

A resolution of the YMCA of Snohomish County supporting the restoration of the Sno-Isle Libraries Intercounty Rural Library District operations levy.

Whereas, the YMCA of Snohomish County and public libraries work to support families and children through programs that encourage young children in their development of literacy skills;

Whereas, libraries are natural partners to help stimulate students interest in reading, exploring, thinking and creating;

Whereas, libraries offer programs and services that are designed around active, authentic student learning;

Whereas, libraries promote early literacy and lifelong learning, social engagement through reading groups and community meeting spaces;

Whereas, librarians connect people with accurate and trusted information and resources;

Whereas, libraries provide free and equal access to information and ideas;

Whereas, libraries promote economic vitality within our community through programs, events and services;

Whereas, Sno-Isle Libraries operates 23 community libraries, bookmobile, outreach and online services available to more than 743,000 people across Snohomish and Island counties;

Whereas, there were 3.4 million visits to community libraries and 5.9 million items checked out in 2017;

Whereas, the library staff at Sno-Isle Libraries prepares children for kindergarten, provides STEM learning and creates lifelong learners;

Whereas, the YMCA of Snohomish County has been a contributing partner to Sno-Isle Libraries programs to address community issues, especially through the Explore Summer reading program and the opening of the new Mariner Library;

Whereas, Sno-Isle Libraries receives 98 percent of its operational funding from a property-tax levy that applies uniformly across most of Snohomish and all of Island counties;

Whereas, nine years ago, voters approved a library operations levy intended to support Sno-Isle Libraries for five years.

Whereas, Sno-Isle Libraries has made that levy last for nine years;

Whereas, a ballot measure on April 24th will ask voters to consider restoring 9 cents to the library district’s regular operating levy;

Now, therefore, the Executive Committee of the YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees resolves that it formally expresses its support of Proposition No. 1, “Sno-Isle Intercounty Rural Library District” as the proposition appears on the ballot, and urges voters to vote in favor of the proposition at the April 24th 2018 election.

Approved March 14, 2018