Join a chat at noon on Wednesday with a supporter and opponent of the Seattle library levy, moderated by The Times’ political team. Supporters of the levy say that the $123 million measure will restore service hours, rebuild collections and maintain neglected buildings. Opponents say operations of libraries are so important, they should be prioritized in the budget — ahead of other programs. Read more about the levy.
Joining us will be Marcellus Turner, Seattle head librarian, who says the levy is essential to restoring service to libraries, which have been severely cut in recent years in the areas of books and materials, hours, technology and online services.
Chris Leman is a political scientist and a lifelong lover of libraries. He is Treasurer and Campaign Manager of Save Our Seattle Library, which opposes the library levy. He’s called possible budget cuts “an attempt to spook voters into approving a property-tax increase.”