9.17.2009

All Philly Libraries Shutting Down in October? Say it aint so......

by Jesse Muhammad

I got word via a Twitter friend (via @fuseboxradio) that all of the libraries in Philadelphia are scheduled to close down on October 2, 2009.

She sent me a link to a news report and then I Googled "Philly Libraries" and behold on their official city library website it reads in part:

"We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009......Even as we remain hopeful that the State Legislature will act and pass the enabling funding legislation, we wanted to notify all of our customers of this very possible outcome."

That was a statement from Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of Free Library of Philadelphia. (source: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/closing)

What impact will this have on that city?

Growing up in Northeast Houston, the Scenic Woods Library was the after-school "hang out" spot for me and my friends. And we checked out hundreds of books, entered summer reading contests to win baseball tickets, attended arts & crafts classes, etc. The library is an intricate part of the community for those who have take advantage of it.

What impact will this have on Philadelphia? Will more cities experience the same thing? Are libraries still relevant in our community?

You tell me!

2 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, alot of us growing up did not go to the library unless it was in school. I was born in 1963 and in my middle class neighborhood of South Acres (where you hear of a lot of ganster rappers of Houston say they are from...lol)we hardly ever went to the library, but we did walk by it to go to the pool. There was no big push for us to go to the library, but my mother bought me and my sister the whole set of Encylopedia Britannica, so we read at home. My wife and I did the same for my children, and we took them to the library and taught them how to use it. It will defintely have an effect on the parents and children that use it.

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  2. I remember as a child learning the dewey decimal system. We had lots of assignments that taught us how to use the library. Even as late as 2003. I had a library assignment in college so that students would be familiar on how to use the library and the newly integrated computer system that allowed for the searching of books, journals, magazines, etc. It is aweful that for the most part students reduce their searches to google and bing. All of my family are library card holders. We don't go as often as we would like but we are no strangers. Sad state of affairs. Civilizations fall when knowledge falls.......HEM.

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