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California Reading And Literacy Improvement And Public Library Construction And Renovation Bond Act Of 2006; General Provisions   

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The Legislature finds and declares the following:

(a) Reading and literacy skills are fundamental to success in our economy and our society.

(b) Public libraries are a vital part of the educational system. They provide resources and services for all residents of California, including preschoolers, out-of-school adults, senior citizens, and those attending schools at all levels.

(c) In many cases, libraries serve as a community's only public point of access to resources for learning and by extension, self-sufficiency.

(d) The construction and renovation of public library facilities is necessary to expand access to reading and literacy programs in California's public education system and to expand access to public library services for all residents of California.

(e) The need for library facilities continues to grow. A 2003 needs assessment compiled by the State Library found that there is a need for over two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) in public library funding.

(f) In March 2000, California voters approved a bond measure of three hundred fifty million dollars ($350,000,000) for library construction and renovation.

(g) Due to the overwhelming response by applicants, the California Public Library Construction and Renovation Board will ultimately be forced to deny approximately 75 percent of all applications due to lack of additional bond funding.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 698, Sec. 1.)