My name is Ezekiel B. I go to the Northgate Branch Library and I’m in the 4th grade. I’m almost 10 years old.
I like to go to the public library. The selection of books in any one subject is very limited at the school library, and it’s impossible to get digital materials there. At the public library, I get a higher selection of books, like Stephen Jay Gould’s the Book of Life, which covers evolution of all of life on earth, or the Eyewitness Guide to Religion or The Definitive Guide to Kendo, a martial art I’m taking at the parks. I can order these online to pick up at Northgate.
In Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, we used to take Field Trips on Fridays to the Northgate library. We could walk there. Now it’s closed on Fridays, so the little kids at my school can’t go there for field trips. Lots of times my mom can’t get me to the library until after work or on the weekends. Mostly we just go on Saturdays, now, because we can’t go Sundays or many weekdays.
Some kids can’t use the computer at home, so they need to do it at the library. Please restore branch library hours for me and lots of other kids.
Children are among the hardest hit by reduced library hours in several neighborhoods. Ezekiel presented this letter to Mayor McGinn at the Youth and Family Commuity Engagement Meeting held at Northgate Elementary on March 1. There are two more community engagement meetings on: March 15 and 22. Will you find time to join these small group discussions to support libraries and brainstorm the best futures for our children and families?