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What does it take to help support the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh? On October 14th, it will take 144 Volunteers, 1440 Minutes at 4400 Forbes Ave.

Public libraries provide ever more vital services to our communities — especially to those who do not have computer and Internet access. Imagine trying to find a job today without being online — or without even knowing how to operate a computer. Our libraries are critical community resources and they are in dire need of financial assistance. Our Library, Our Future is a community-based initiative to raise awareness for the need to provide financial support for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Our Library, Our Future supports a YES vote on the referendum on the November 8th ballot to approve a special 0.25 mill increment to the real estate tax that will be used only for the maintenance and operation of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (while Andrew Carnegie provided the buildings, he did not leave an endowment for capital and operating costs).

In order to raise funds to help get out the vote for the referendum, Our Library, Our Future is holding an event this Friday. Read to the People: 1440@4400 takes place from noon on October 14th to noon on October 15th. Supporters of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will have a 24-hour read-in on the steps of the main library at 4400 Forbes Avenue. You can attend this event and make a donation in the volunteer readers’ honor online here. And, most importantly, please vote YES on the ballot initiative this November 8 in order to provide sustainable funding for the Library.

Read to the People: 1440@4400
24-hour read aloud in support of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
WHEN: Friday, October 14th, Noon – Saturday October 15th, Noon
WHERE: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)