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!