Closing this branch library Sunday and Friday? Every week? All year? Really?

Advocacy members petitioned outside Greenwood, Greenlake, Beacon Hill, some West Seattle libraries and Northgate branch this Sunday, Oct 4, 09. A lack of media coverage on proposed library cuts made our news of possible dramatic changes to service in 2010   shocking to some patrons. Many people couldn’t believe what they were reading.   “Closing this branch Sunday and Friday? Every week? All year? Really?”  one woman said.

“Are you kidding me?” another patron asked.  “Two day closures all year in addition to another one week furlough?”

“Sunday is my only day to get to the library,” one woman told us as she held the flier in disbelief. “I work all week.”

A grandmother, holding a baby in her arms, gestured to her two year old granddaughter coming out of the library behind her and said, “I’ll write to my council members, and you know what I’m going to say? I’m going to tell them that she could choose one of three things today: going to the store for a princess outfit, going out to eat or going to the library and guess what she chose?”

At Beacon Hill library several children took information and soberly read about the closures or read it to their parents. We asked one young boy riding his bike around and around if he comes to the library every Sunday and he said, “I come to the library Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Every day. I live down the street.”

A Friends of The Seattle Public Library team will be visiting the 21 affected branch libraries throughout the month of October to bring news of these proposed changes to each neighborhood. We are carrying information fliers and petitions. Stay tuned to this blog  for news of our upcoming visits to your branch. You can sign an online petition at our Facebook cause page

Councilmember Emails:

Councilmember Jean Godden jean.godden@seattle.gov

Councilmember Sally Clark sally.clark@seattle.gov

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov

Councilmember Richard Conlin  richard.conlin@seattle.gov

Councilmember Tim Burgess tim.burgess@seattle.gov

Councilmember Jan Drago jan.drago@seattle.gov

Councilmember Richard McIver richard.mciver@seattle.gov

Councilmember Nick Licata nick.licata@seattle.gov

Councilmember Bruce Harrell bruce.harrell@seattle.gov

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2 thoughts on “Closing this branch library Sunday and Friday? Every week? All year? Really?

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