Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Meeting: March 6 at Beechview Library

For all grassroots library advocates/supporters:

Saturday, March 6 at 10 a.m.
Beechview library

Info: Judy Gumash,

Thursday, December 3, 2009

BIG Rally - Downtown Fri., 12/11 at noon

Please get the word out to your networks, many library supporters work downtown, we're calling on them to join us at this rally:

Friday, Dec. 11
Noon - 1 p.m.
City County bldg., Grant St. downtown
Bring neighbors, co workers, SIGNS

At the rally we will present petitions we've been circulating, we have thousands of signatures from across the city. This will be an opportunity to focus attention on the library issue, which with city council's recent grant, now focuses on finding LONG TERM funding.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Coming up this week

Monday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m., City Council votes on Library $. It would be wonderful if you're able to join us at the City County Bldg. on Grant St., while we watch the vote happen.

Sat, November 28, 11am – 1pm, at Sq. Hill branch, help us raise awareness of our Save the Libraries efforts.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Plan of Action

Dear All, What follows are some ideas about next steps and contingencies. We seek input from all who will comment, so we can broadcast to a wider audience and act.

Pretty Up Beechview has run a drink stand for the past 5 Saturdays in front of the Beechview library. Initially we proposed to continue with the stand until we got some resolution of this intolerable position with which we are faced. Including the matching funds we rec'd from the Pgh. Foundation, the money raised for libraries by this effort was around $400. More importantly we have engendered a lot of good will. Sadly, as is apparent to all, there has been no resolution of the question "will you keep our libraries open?".

We feel our best efforts now are not to continue "preaching to the choir" in our own neighborhood and extracting small change for the work, but to continue to search for solidarity with all other library patrons in asking the questions, "what if your library were up for closure, can you tolerate this precedent?"

Not including the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, there are 3 Saturdays before the board's Dec. 14 final vote.

We propose to join together to visit 3 other libraries on these dates, possible sites -
- Squirrel Hill (where we were already invited on the occasion of their book sale, and know we have support from the likes of Community Day School who were at the Main Library Rally on Wed.)
- North Side Federal Street (Another controversy brews here in that the Library seeks to close out and maybe just trash their historical repository of documents in the old Allegheny facility - could someone please bring this issue to the fore ?)
- Downtown, rumor has it that librarians lobbied for the CLP to move into the Barnes and Noble store after it failed, but wouldn't go there for reasons of wanting a less plush, read "homeless unwelcome" facility
- Brookline, renovated, unaccessible by public transit, and untouchable ?
- East Liberty, not yet open but amidst Pgh.'s new improved Urban Green Zone which shelters Shadyside from the common folk.

Further, we have discussed the matter of ceasing with all action if only the board will agree to keep libraries open. We need an appropriate means of thanking them for coming to their senses and seeing reason.

On the flip side, we propose that if closures are not reversed, we will "sit-in" with our children until bodily removed by authorities, in a necessary old-fashioned show of public protest.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Library Board to visit branches - Sat., 11/14

Please be at your branch, to share your opinion on your neighborhood's need for its library. Note - the bus tour schedule allows for only 20 minutes @ each branch, so please be on time.

Schedule, Sat. Nov. 14:

Lawrenceville branch: 12:30 - 12:50 p.m.
Hazelwood branch: 1:20 - 1:40 p.m.
Knoxville branch: 1:55 - 2:15 p.m.
Carrick branch: 2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Mt. Washington branch: 2:50 – 3:10 p.m.
West End branch: 3:20 – 3:40 p.m.
Beechview branch: 3:50 – 4:10 p.m.

Some more articles about the libraries...

Carnegie libraries struggle to survive

Point Park News Service students look into Carnegie libraries and their struggle to survive.

Here are their stories:

Andrew Carnegie: ‘Free to the People’
Lack of money does not close the book on every Carnegie library
Libraries offer books, yes, but much, much more
No plans yet for Carnegie libraries that close
Readers take to the streets to save libraries
State cuts hurt library

This was also published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday, November 11, 2009. View it here