RE: [bookclub-453] Rally at Central Library Fri at 5:30!

From: ennui
Sent on: Friday, September 18, 2009 1:59 PM
My understanding is that the budget has been passed.
 
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/heardinthehall/City_budget_crisis_nearing_resolution.html
 

Subject: [bookclub-453] Rally at Central Library Fri at 5:30!
From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:54:13 -0400

The state is set to vote on the budget today, so if the budget gets passed, Philadelphia may not have to revert to their Plan C.  HOWEVER, if the budget does not get passed (or it gets passed with too many cuts), Philadelphia's Plan C goes into action.  All Free Libraries of Philadelphia are going to close.  Besides all the free services the libraries provide including free internet access, after school programs and free book, movie and CD borrowing, many other local social service agencies will also be forced to close. You can read about Plan C here.

This is so scary!  No matter what happens in today's vote, there is a rally scheduled for today, Friday, Sept. 18 at 5:30pm on the steps of the Main Branch Library. 

Also, use this website to find your state rep and send them and email. The library site has a form letter you can send if you don't have time to write out your own. This is also a good resource.
It's not too late, but they need to hear from you TODAY!


I won't be able to make it due to work, but maybe some of you can.




 
Philadelphia libraries to close Oct. 2
Pennsylvania's budget deadlock also means 3,000 city employees could get pink slips on Friday.
Posted by Elizabeth Strott on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:16 AM
The City of Brotherly Love isn't showing much to book lovers.
 
All 54 of Philadelphia's libraries are scheduled to close because the state of Pennsylvania has not been able to pass a budget to fund the library system.
 
"All branch and regional library programs, including programs for children and teens, after school programs, computer classes, and programs for adults, will be cancelled," the Free Library posted in a notice on its Web site. All 250,000 books, disks and other items that have been borrowed are now due Oct. 1, and nothing can be borrowed after Sept. 30.
 
Pennsylvania lawmakers are still deadlocked over a proposed state budget that was supposed to have been enacted on July 1.
 
Gov. Ed Rendell on Monday said he would veto a legislative budget plan proposed last Friday, calling the $27.9 budget proposal an overestimation of the sources of revenue needed to balance the budget.
 
Philadelphia had been banking on a 1% sales tax increase and a change in pension payment plans to help it fund library operations. If the budget does not pass within the next two weeks, the city said it will lay off all library employees.
 
The state budget mess could also force Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to move forward on his so-called "Plan C" doomsday budget, beyond the closure of the libraries. Plan C would lay off 3,000 city workers, eliminate court-system funding and shut down all recreation centers. The city will send out pink slips to the 3,000 employees on Friday unless the budget passes before then.
 
Philadelphia's library system is the sixth-largest public library in the nation. Benjamin Franklin created its precursor, the Library Company of Philadelphia, which was the first public library in the country.
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Join us Friday.  Steps of the Main Branch Library. 5:30pm. Speak-out / Open Mic --share your thoughts on how this and the cut of our social services has or will affect you.  Bring signs. Bring friends. Bring hope.










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