Monday, March 1, 2010

Save the Los Angeles Public Library!

Last week I spent several hours at LA's City Hall, listening to my fellow City employees speaking with passion and grace about the impact lay-offs will have on not only the workers and their families but on the whole city. Every city worker laid off will mean cutting back on essential services. The Los Angeles Public Library will be hard hit if those lay-offs go through. Fewer hours open, fewer computer terminals, books, and storytimes will have the worst impact on the our poorest communities.

Our union, the Librarians' Guild, has been started a drive to save the library. If you live in Los Angeles, or just support all libraries wherever they are, please help.

"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."
Andrew Carnegie


  1. I know the feeling. Our library system was going to be hit pretty hard. Luckily the levy passed and they were able to rearrange some such. Though I do have to say my library system is really messed up in terms of how they spend and such.

    They needed to cut back but they have ordered over 5000 new DVDs ranging from popular movies to movies from the 50s. They said the DVD section was "lacking". But yet they are cutting back on books and computers for jobs. I'm sure those people watching DVDs will enjoy it without a job ;)

    I wish your library all the support :)

  2. Oh dear - it's important to keep priorities straight! Thanks for the support, Cindy.