Speaking to Pennsylvania librarians during a PLA conference in Harrisburg in October, State Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) promised to do everything he could to increase public library funding and restore funding to $75 million, where it stood prior to being slashed a decade ago. So when Gov. Tom Wolf signed the state’s new $34 billion budget on June 28, and it included an additional $5 million for the state’s public libraries, supporters rejoiced. Saylor had done it. It was the first time since around 2006 the state’s public libraries would see a significant boost in operational funding. Here is what the additional funding will mean for libraries.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 11