Things have hit home for us as my husband just lost his job because of sudden heart illness. The increase in food prices has also hit hard. Now they are shorting us of their product with reduced sizes of familiar items, even sugar. The library has been my rock for all my life, especially now. The library has been my unspeaking friend through all the trial and tribulations of my existence. I think I was reading in the womb and it taught me to be able to read without a lot of light, which any bookworm will tell you they have mastered!!
At this time I'm employed in a lower-paying field than usual (and am in a temporary job). So, some of my bills are simply not being paid on time. I'm also buying more discounted food. I'm looking for a new job to start by the end of June. (and hope to find one on my own rather than having to rely on the state of NJ for economic assistance, if at all possible). I use the computers at my library every day to search for a new job. I've also gone to a parenting workshop and some other workshops. Maria, Bloomfield
I have lost my Job as main breadwinner for my family due to mergers and cutbacks. We have lost over 2/3'rds of our income while our property taxes and energy costs have jumped. No vacation this year, no more buying anything that is not on sale. We never go out to dinner or a movie, and no purchases are being made in any non-essentials. Our library has helped my wife tremendously in researching graduate schools, and for me in researching companies (using Reference USA) that I feel I could help.
I lost my job last year so the sacrifices are many. I can not afford to pay for the services my local library and other nearby libraries are providing. While I am out of work I have been doing volunteer work to stay active in my community. My family has basically cut out every luxury and we are now falling behind on our bills. Without the library services my job search will be severely hindered. I attend many job search related networking groups sponsored by the libraries in the area including county libraries.
My father was unemployed for more than a year, and as a full time student, I couldn't afford to buy textbooks for many of my courses. My library helped me by requesting the textbooks from other NJ libraries who had them, which helped get through the semester. Steven, Englewood
Recently my family has had to cut down on extra expenses, such as home internet access, phone service and basic cable. Even after we stopped using these extras, we still had to cut down on the amount of food we were able to purchase monthly. It's still very hard for us to make ends meet. I've even decided to stop my pursuit of higher education so I can work a second job to help my family further. The public library has helped me deal with the hard times my family is going through.
I am a library student and part time worker. I have always used the library to borrow books, movies and to use the internet for business an d pleasure. My son has attended story hour since he was 3. He is now 5. The Read to Rover and summer reading and crafts were one of the highlights of summer activities. My son has enjoyed reading to Rover and the many story times. He also enjoyed the movies and Kurt Gallagher. We are not dining out, and we are reading and watching movies at home.
Seeing that I am slated to lose my job due to the budget cuts in public education, I have had to make many sacrifices. I have had to change my diet due to the rising cost of food. I have had to cut out all extra driving that is not needed for work or errands due to gas prices soaring. I have had to stop purchasing books, movies, and games because I can't afford to spend on such things. I am now unable to pay for doctor's bills. I am barely able to pay rent.
My full-time job has been cut to a single day per week. We pay our bills with partial unemployment but buy almost nothing, including clothes. We go to the doctor for emergencies only. It's been difficult. My library and its staff have been a fantastic resource in my job search and in my attempts to continue my education to increase my marketability, as well as a source of free, much-needed entertainment in the form of books, reading programs and movies.
Since my father and I both lost our jobs, we have had to cut back on most things. When you are foregoing doctor visits and putting off car and home repairs, you are not even thinking about buying books and movies. Fortunately, we can get books and DVDs at our local library for free. - M, Marlton