Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Nutcracker Visits Blackstone

A Taste of the Nutcracker

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The Hyde Park School of Dance

Meet characters from the famous holiday classic story by Hans Christian Anderson – “The Nutcracker”. Hyde Park School of Dance will be on location with The Nutcracker, The Mouse King, Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other dancers from the famous ballet with narration by Heir Drosselmeyer! 

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Saturday, December 3rd 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

 This free program is recommended for children of all ages and their families.

Registration is required! Call (312)747-0511

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City Council Passes 2012 Budget

Mayor Emanuel’s 2012 budget was passed unanimously by the City Council on Wed., Nov.16th. While not fully funding libraries, this revised budget did include the restoration of $3.3M to the Chicago Public Library budget. That restoration was due in no small part to the calls, emails, and letters that many of you made to our elected officials. Its not immediately clear how the new budget will directly impact local branches but as that information is shared, we will pass it on to you. Meanwhile, let’s continue to support our local branch, Blackstone, to make it a strong, vibrant part of the cultural life of our community.

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Your Call Counts – Call Today!

If you haven’t already made your call to the Mayor’s office in support of libraries, today’s the day to do it. The call is simple, just tell them that you’re calling in support of libraries being fully funded, and they will record it. It seems the Mayor is keeping a tally of the number of calls he receives so your call DOES count. Call today! 312.744.3300

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Sound Off in the Mayor’s Office

Let the Mayor hear how you feel about libraries before the November 16th vote.

Mayor Emanuel needs to hear from citizens concerned about their libraries. Please take a moment and call the Mayor’s office at 312.744.3300. Let him know that libraries are important enough to be fully funded. Let’s make sure the Mayor knows that Chicagoans are serious about their libraries!

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Mayor’s Budget Moves Closer to Approval

http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/8673609-418/mayor-emanuels-first-budget-passes-two-key-city-council-panels.html

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Further Action Needed On Library Budget

Our efforts in support of libraries made a difference last week. Twenty-eight aldermen, including Ald. Burns (4th Ward), delivered a letter to the mayor in protest over the cuts in libraries and other important community services. On Friday, November 4th, the mayor announced concessions in some of those cuts including the restoration of $3.3 million to libraries. This still means that two-thirds of the cuts remain including shortened hours and two-thirds of the staff cuts. That is still unacceptable. Our alderman must push for additional concessions.

FURTHER ACTION IS NEEDED BEFORE THE BUDGET VOTE ON NOVEMBER 16!

Here’s what you can do:

1. Contact the alderman to thank him for his continued support of libraries but let him know that more must be done. Every branch in the system will be affected so if you receive this email and you’re not in the 4th Ward (Ald. Will Burns, Ward04@cityofchicago.org), find your alderman’s contact information and let him know that you want a fully functioning library. Let him/her know that the proposed compromise will still leave families without storytime for toddlers, job seekers with more limited access to the internet, and higher wait times for books for all patrons.

2. Express your concern to local newspapers including the Hyde Park Herald (Letters@hpherald.com ), the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Suntimes.

3. If you’re a blogger, let your support for quality libraries be known to your blog community.

4. Show your support at http://www.friendsofblackstone.wordpress.com . Connect with us on Facebook.

Our libraries are strong and vital because they serve ALL Chicago citizens They provide equal access to knowledge, culture, and tools that prepare everyone to participate in a vibrant democracy. No segment of the population is turned away. Let’s keep it that way.

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Emanuel compromises on city budget

Emanuel compromises on city budget.

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Update: Chicago Public Library Budget

The Mayor has made some concessions on proposed budget cuts for libraries. http://www.suntimes.com/8609960-417/emanuel-to-ease-library-cuts-raise-all-city-sticker-fees.html

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